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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger’s issues with attendance continue. Today was County Assembly Day at the state legislature, but it was also another event where Berger showed up late.

Berger was quick to deny a formal interview with us in Raleigh. He questioned our ethics. We asked him numerous times if he would like to go on camera to clear the air, but each time he denied.

Our camera was set up to shoot an interview with Berger inside the Quorum Center in Raleigh, but we had to chase him down outside.

“You guys have to start reporting a little more accurately,” Berger said. “I would talk to you a little bit more.”

When told him we were there to get his side, Berger said, “My side is I’m doing my job, and I would like to see it reported accurately.

“I don’t need to be here, and I wasn’t going to come, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go.”

Berger said he did not see the value in attending the free conference.

“Despite the cost, you’re still a county commissioner, and you still have to represent the people you serve,” WWAY reporter Ramon Herrera asked Berger.

“You’re a reporter,” Berger said. “You’re suppose to have some integrity, some sense of ethics.”

Berger has refused to return calls and e-mails from WWAY in recent weeks. When we again offered him a chance to talk and clear the air, he said, “I’m consulting with an attorney about all your fabrications.”

Due to Berger’s tardiness he missed out on Speaker of the House Thom Tillis’s address to the commissioners.

Commissioner Ted Davis was also at the event. We asked him about Berger’s tardiness. He declined to comment, saying he was just there to work.

David did say one of the main reasons why he attended was to meet with other commissioners and talk about similar problems.

“For instance I already had a discussion with someone about solid waste and the issue we have right now in New Hanover County,” Davis said. “I’m really looking forward as the program goes on today learning more about issues that other counties have that are similar to New Hanover.”

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2015 years 11 months ago

Most of these posts reflect malice and a lack of knowledge. If you have views don”t just post them 55 times straight shooter- have the guts to run for office. This guy did. More importantly, he has voted the right way at Cfpua and board meetings. I will vote for him again- precisely because of these over the top, distorted attacks. Barffield attacks the school board and threatens mayors- so many other of our “public servants” on council and this group, have done well for themselves , their friends and businesses, and yet we have this stuff. Concerted effort to… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Little Buddy there’s always room for u here in Tabor City…..

2015 years 11 months ago

Lets be honest, it happens with both parties.

Even though I know it’s wrong there is a part of me that is jealous of the folks that have picked their team (dems or repubs) and can’t see anything past that. Can’t see right or wrong. They support their team no matter what. It’s sad and an easy way to go through life, not having to think for yourself.

2015 years 11 months ago

“a rudimentary concept of avoiding the spotlight until people forget”

Seriously, the public has a really short attention span. (Remember the Fukashima Plant? Yeah, me neither, that’s old news.)

All you had to do was show up on time for awhile and no one would have remembered, but the fact that it continues to happen is troubling. I know supporters like to down play tardiness like it’s no big deal, but I see it as a very basic part of being a responsible adult. If you can’t do the basics, how can we trust him with the complex decisions.
Being on time is… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Since when did it become “news” to report on when a politician is late? I’ve been watching this news channel for a while. I have to say you guys to grasp at straws and do stir up s*#@. For what reason I don’t know, ratings maybe?!?! Trust me I am no Berger fan, or any of these so called “politicians”. But please keep reporting on all these wonderful “news” stories, I need a laugh every afternoon.

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