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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If there’s anything you can say about New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson it’s you know where he stands. Wednesday Thompson challenged the mayor of Leland to set the record straight after the mayor accused Thompson of having a conflict of interest in the proposed Cape Fear Skyway project.

It was trash talk between Leland Mayor Walter Futch and Thompson.

“What got me upset was him saying I had property or financial gain in getting the Skyway bridge passed, so I got him a list of property owners, and I am not on there, none of my family is on there and no business that I own is on there. I said, ‘You need to retract your statements,'” Thompson told WWAY Thursday night.

Thompson says all he wanted was to set the record straight with Futch and Wilmington’s Transportation Advisory Committee.

A tape recorder at Wednesday’s meeting caught their conversation.

Listen to the entire argument between Thompson and Futch

“If you’re going to make accusations like that, Mr. Mayor, you need to do that and get your facts right,” Thompson said. “I’m going to give you an opportunity to get the facts. Let me cut to the chase here. We are going to lay the facts out on your statements tonight, and I’m going to give you an opportunity to apologize to me. And based on what you say, I might accept it or I might not. And then we will deal with it thereafter.”

Thompson was talking about comments recorded at a previous meeting he missed. The minutes of the meeting show Futch questioning Thompson’s ethics. Futch said a recent article in the StarNews led him to believe Thompson had a conflict of interest in the Skyway project.

“‘The commissioners voted three to one with commissioner Bobby Greer voting against. Chairman Jason Thompson recused himself because his business is located in a proposed corridor,'” Futch quoted the StarNews report when asked Thursday night about Thompson’s confrontation, “and I was quite surprised at that, and I think if you read the minutes of the meeting, it said that I was surprised to find that that was the case.”

Wednesday, Thompson tried to tell Futch he had bad information.

“So those are the facts, sir. Are you ready to apologize?” Thompsons said.

Futch answered, “No, I’m not ready to apologize.”

Thompson replied, “Well, you’re gonna need to or you’re gonna be very likely to need… I’ll tell you, you are very lucky, sir, that I have received the gospel and do not seek vengeance, because a few years ago I would have taken you out in this parking lot and addressed you like the man you want to be. Let’s walk outside, and I’ll show you right now. Are you ready to do that? Or are you going to sit there in your Huggies and wet yourself?”

The pair never went to the parking lot, but Thompson did meet with Futch after the meeting was over.

“In the end he apologized, and I accepted,” said Thompson.

Futch agreed.

“It’s all a big misunderstanding that got blown out of proportion, and I think Jason and I ended on amicable terms,” Futch said.

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41 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Thompson berates Futch about Skyway comments"

2015 years 10 months ago

Ever think that Thompson acted like a macho redneck because he was counting on Futch being mature enough to refrain from taking him up on the offer?

But I suppose you’re in favor of duels, too, right? Might not be a bad idea….Thompson could wind up like Alexander Hamilton.

2015 years 10 months ago

totally agree with your comments. I think he needs to apologize to Brunswick County residents as well.

2015 years 10 months ago

I may not agree with everything Jason says and does but I don’t blame him for calling the mayor out on the untruths that had been put out there. A person who willingly lies or twists the truth just to get others to view things their way is simply pretentious & arrogant. ..AND bound to meet up against someone who will stand up for them self. I can almost guarantee had Jason not done this on the record that it would have been made out that Jason actually pushed up on him or worse threw a punch.
Side note: Why is Jason always being put on blast by wway tv3? Did he snub one of your news reporters who think they are more important than anyone else? (BTW I don’t think you all are that way.. just one in particular.) It seems like every week WWaytv3 is shining a light on some “wrong” he has done. Also..Every few months, you guys seem to find somebody to chew up and spit out in the news. It’s almost like someone in your news crew is out hunting for somebody to turn people against. I have noticed for a while that this news channel (especially in the 5-6 pm news) seems to always have somebody under the radar and obsessed about every little thing they say and do that can be seen as negative. I miss when you guys were all about facts without your glorified opinions. Now it is mainly opinions and “my thoughts are more important than the whole story” news.

Jason, brush it off and move on.

2015 years 10 months ago

Mr. Thompson may well be a man of honor and his cause entirely righteous. People may make allegations, innuendo and even out and out lies BUT this does not give a pubic figure the cause to act like a THUG.

2015 years 10 months ago

Has anyone ever thought about drug testing these people? They hold our futures in their hands and we just trust them? I say test the mayor, council all of them. And as far as that stupid bridge, condemn the property on both sides of the river, let the state take it over and don’t give any of them a D@#$ dime! Heck if they can move a whole state highway for a developer(River Road)why can’t the state just take the property for the bridge?


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