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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Less than 12 hours after shaking on a gentlemen’s agreement at Thursday night’s agenda briefing to work together and get along, Commissioner Brian Berger wrote another post critical of his fellow commissioners.

Friday morning at 3:13 am, he posted this on the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women’s Club Facebook Page:

Brian Berger: The most ridiculous part about this issue of non-attainment is that we all might very well agree on the outcome desired, and possibly how to accomplish that, and by all I mean all five County Commissioners, the Mayor and City Council of Wilmington, and that might not be true of any other issue.

It’s tough to say though for certain because some people have to clear everything with Wilmington Industrial Development, some with Titan’s representatives, and those meetings are out of public view and the County has no strategy or position on this issue.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the technical aspects of every EPA regulation, but I don’t need permission from WID or Titan to form a position of my own, and I’m not afraid to discuss that position publicly with any citizen, whether they agree or disagree.

Now, can you tell me NHC’s strategy to avoid the non-attainment designation? Do you know the County’s position? If you do, please tell me…because expertise is useless without principles and the courage to act without having to get permission from scott satterfield first.

All do respect, politicians with nice hair deferring to WID to make decisions hasn’t worked out well for the County so I’d rather see the Board of Commissioners make a decision without letting WID drive the bus. Near as I can tell that’s the best way to describe NHC policy on non-attainment.

I’m the first to admit I make mistakes, and can communicate better, but some of the criticism and attacks directed at me results from my independence from special interests. Technical experts can be bought. Principles are free with courage, and good government demands elected officials who have enough of both to make decisions free of special interests…especially groups with a poor track record.

Tomorrow many of you will call me a murderer and divisive and lots of other nice things because I wrote this…
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“Now we have a new post, and Mr. Berger is not going to live up to it,” Thompson told the StarNews this afternoon. “I am just at a loss.”

Chairman Jonathan Barfield told the paper he was disappointed by the latest post and said it is clear that Berger does not want to find a way to work together.

“It is really scary. We had four deputies at our meeting yesterday. Commissioners are worried if we’re safe,” Barfield said. “I am praying for him.”

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12 Comments on "Less than 12 hours after gentlemen’s agreement, Berger lets loose with another critical post; Barfield praying for him"

2015 years 9 months ago

when is it more important to show a “politically unified front” than to express ones viewpoint on the principals that a commissioner should uphold while holding that office?

If there’s one rotten apple in the barrel, and all other apples blindly agree with everything that apple says, doesn’t that make all the apples in the barrel rotten?

I’d rather have one good apple publicly stating the principals he is trying to uphold than see him “putting up and shutting up” just to get along… quite frankly, I don’t understand why you don’t agree with that.

2015 years 9 months ago

What is all this crap about having deputies at the meeting and this crap about praying for Berger like there is something criminally wrong with him or that he is having mental problems.
Just because he is speaking his mind, and not just going along in order to get along, does not mean that there is something wrong with him.


2015 years 9 months ago

You have your pal Thompson running around threatening to drag everyone out into the parking lot to settle things, but your’re scared of little Brian Berger?

What you should be scared of is the fact that the majority of county residents still prefer him to YOU!

Straight Shooter
2015 years 9 months ago

Thompson only called out that redneck mayor of Leland, (Futch) and after hearing his comments and accusations toward Thompson, I don’t blame him…… I’m surprised as I am usually amused and often agree with your comments that you still support this wacked-out-nut-job Berger. Do you really think this guy has the capability to do anything positive for this county? Are you not concerned about his performance so far and his lack of disclosure?

My opinion
2015 years 9 months ago

has come from all this. At least Bill Caster is GONE!! I hear he packed up, tucked his tail and ran from this county.

2015 years 9 months ago

sounds to me that mr berger shouldn’t be held to the gentlemen’s agreement as he doesn’t qualify as one

Air Head
2015 years 9 months ago

There is no situation in which New Hanover County can avoid a non-attainment designation. Berger is an idiot. The only thing the county can do is mitigate and try to preserve some areas (townships) so that the entire county won’t be designated.

John M.
2015 years 9 months ago

Tea Party Nutjobs from ABLE PAC — run by a Ms. Carolyn Bordeaux according to NHC Board of Elections — that’s whose behind that blabbering lunatic Brian Berger. The only reason they are not posting comments in the last few hours is because they are in an EMERGENCY MEETING this morning trying to talk strategy after the devastating expose in the Star News and WWAY. The local tea party people are a bunch a hypocrites — they always talk about transparency, but all their strategy meeting are closed to the media and even other Republicans. They will not release Berger’s IRS returns because they don’t want him to be exposed for who he is — a out-of-work hack. So sad. SHAME on BEN McCOY and the rest of you ABLE punks!

2015 years 9 months ago

I bet we’ll see Obama’s birth certificate long before we ever see Begers tax returns or even proof he has a job!

2015 years 9 months ago

In regard to these County Commissioners lets vote in all new people please……soon!

2015 years 9 months ago

I am a retired Law Enforcement Officer and to get the position I had to go through tons of training, a very thorough background check, a polygraph test, a rigorous physiological evaluation, random drug screening and annually demonstrate physical ability and job related skills…That said, what the H*LL does one have to do to be a County Commissioner? Fog up a mirror?!?! There is obviously no background check or psychological testing done here and it seems that there are no drug testing policies in place either. Why is that? I’m not saying that a County Commissioner needs to be able to do a Law Enforcement job but it would be nice to have some kinda of a standard. The nonexistent criteria has put people like this in office before and will surely do it again. For God’s sake, Brian Berger can’t even put a sentence together and I doubt he could pass a drug test. If he isn’t completely evading a question then he is stumbling and fumbling through that lying little mind of his looking for the right answer to stutter out in his nasally little voice. I have basically forgotten any point I had intended on making and just started ranting so I believe I will just leave you with this thought: America has become a bleeding heart society and we place individuals in positions that they are not qualified for. We do this because we feel sorry for the individual, maybe there weak, pathetic or very unfortunate looking. Whatever the case may be if we continue to select our leaders using this criteria then we are the pathetic and weak ones.

Straight Shooter
2015 years 9 months ago

Right on!


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