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.”