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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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2015 years 11 months ago

Jason Thompson is listed as registered agent for a number of North Carolina Corporations (Google secstatenc corporations and learn to run the searches…it works as smooth as a Havanna and Scotch) the vast majority of Mr Thompson’s corporations (all?) are headquartered at 606 Sunnyvale….on 8+ acres owned by Diversified Biomass, a corporation which lists Mr. Thompson as Chairman of the Board. This industrial zoned land (purchased by Diversified Biomass in 2009) is a few hundred feet from the eventual landing place of the Skyway bridge. It’s in a good neighborhood….the Cameron’s are there with LOTS of acres nearby.

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2015 years 11 months ago

Jason Thompson has along history of exhibiting violence as a public official a pattern of violent behavior, violent threats, intimidation and unbecoming, indecent, and harmful violent confrontational behavior that would land most of us in jail on felony charges. A gun owner and has a history of violence, making violent threats, and shows signs of dangerous mental illness that is not only unbecoming of an elected representative, and should be grounds for his removal from office, at a minimum, before someone gets killed or maimed. It is likely he had a gun in his possession when he threatened the Mayor… Read more »

2015 years 11 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?

2015 years 11 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.

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 11 months ago

I can not believe that law enforcement is not looking into the threats that Thompson made to the elected mayor of Leland. If we as private citizens would go to a county commissioners meeting and make the same statements to one of the commissioners, “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… Read more »

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