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THE RANT: Those comical county commissioners, bless their hearts

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/THE RANT) -- I'm surprised anything gets done at the county level in both New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

As soon as it seemed everything had calmed down after invitations to the parking lot to settle disputes like men and accusations of wearing Huggies diapers, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger jumps on the radar.

In just seven short months, Berger has made news with his "mystery consulting jobs," his six page email "manifesto" calling out county employees, his accusation that fellow commissioner Rick Catlin stole his notes and leaked them to the media, and his inability to show up for meetings on time. He also accuses us of "fabricating" stories about him and has threatened at least twice to take legal action against the television station.

But it doesn't end there. In the past week, we've also had "Unemployment-gate." The StarNews requested and obtained public documents from the county that show Berger has been on unemployment since at least January when the Washington, DC Employment Office checked in on his employment status. Now the unemployed Berger has retained the services of one of the top attorneys in the state, Joe Cheshire, to pursue whether or not someone at the county broke the law "leaking" the information to the newspaper so it could request the documents. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Department says it's also trying to track down the "leaker."

Then enter Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren... stage right. Warren filed a complaint with his sheriff's department this week claiming deputies are sitting "too close to him and staring at him" at commissioner meetings. He also thinks two of his fellow commissioners are trying to harass him and that it's racially motivated.

In 18 years of working in various TV markets across the country, I don't think I've ever seen these kind of shenanigans from elected officials. Obviously these two haven't taken the time to sit down and read a book or watch a documentary about successful political leaders. Think Lincoln ever complained about someone giving him the googly eyes? Think Washington spent time trying to cover up his past employment?

These two are obviously not cut out for public service. Their skin is too sensitive, their egos too large and their perception of reality too out of touch. They still have months to serve and they may be able to salvage their careers and do some good, but the odds are quickly stacking up against them.

But as all good Southerners know, if you're going to call someone out, you have to tack a "bless their heart" on the end. So, Mr. Berger and Mr. Warren, bless your hearts, but please get it together soon, or just get out of the way.

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Friday, July 10 edition of THE RANT

Cheers to the best RANT ever! If a picture says a thousand words, I can understand why Kevin didn't feel the need to say anything. Brilliant!

Hey Scott

You should have also mentioned to Matt Cheddar that it's "deep seated", not "deep seeded". Bless your heart!

Scott - Even though this is

Scott -

Even though this is a rant, it's become way too personal and I will probably now associate you with tabloid-style writing other than news reporting. Expose the guy, but do it with the facts. You have a condescending way of words that attacks your readers and those who commment. We can really feel the bitterness and almost see the look of contempt on your face when responding.

That aside, it would be nice if you would post or provide a link to everyone regarding Mr. Berger's voting record. This way people can decide whether or not he's doing what they asked of him. I propose that there should be a link to voting records whenever an elected candidate is discussed.

I'm not as socially conservative and I once was and despite Mr. Berger's personal transgressions, the important thing is if he refelcts the views of his consituents on a policy level.

Whattayasay Haus?

Those comical county commissioners, bless their hearts...

To be honest, this is anything but comical. These are elected officials who are supposed to be looking out for the best interest of the Citizens of their counties. As a resident and tax payer of Brunswick County, I would appreciate it if these grown adults would act their age, and stop wasting our time and money. Stop embarrassing the citizens of your county. Just do your job with integrity...if you don't know what this means, please use the dictionary!

Sincerely,
StandingFirm68
Leland, NC

What about the others?

Dear Carpetbagger,

Thanks for the patronizing attempt at being condescending. Little do you know, yankee comments such as "But as all good Southerners know" only show a deep seeded envy which comes through in your tone, not only in print, but on tv.

So why not put your envy and bias aside and investigate ALL the other members including the mayor himself with such fervor?

Does it appear to you to be a mere coincidence that a city council populated by construction company owners (or council members related to such company owners) would vote YES on projects that no one else in the city wanted, including the voting public?

Please step down from your "high pony" (po·ny~ Noun: A horse of a small breed) and investigate all claims, not just those by members that you are politically opposed to.

News is supposed to be facts presented in such a manner and by such a person that we cannot tell their beliefs on the topic.

Something which you, as well as WWAY and 95% of the modern media, fail miserably at. Youd have never made it out of latrine cleaning in the 1950s, 60s or 70s son.

Now grow a pair and move on. You dont know enough about the world to have an opinion, yet.

Hi Matt - thanks for leaving

Hi Matt - thanks for leaving your comment.

Your guess is totally off though. I'm originally from Memphis, Tennessee. My great-great grandfather, who was a Pickey, and his wife died in a yellow fever epidemic there in the 1880's - orphaning my great grandfather.

Great-great grandparents on my mother's side originally hail from Ripley, Mississippi.

You can't get much more Southern than Memphis BBQ, Elvis and Beale Street.

Bless your heart!

Scott Pickey
WWAY News Director

Hi Scott - thanks for leaving your comment.

Hi Scott - thanks for leaving your comment and for "clearing that up" (I guess?), as that was THE MOST IMPORTANT portion of my post and ironically, the only one you addressed.

Why is that? Here is the rest of that post since I guess it didnt show up on your screen because had you seen it, I know you would have addressed it, being the substantive part of the post.

"So why not put your envy and bias aside and investigate ALL the other members including the mayor himself with such fervor?

Does it appear to you to be a mere coincidence that a city council populated by construction company owners (or council members related to such company owners) would vote YES on projects that no one else in the city wanted, including the voting public?

Please step down from your "high pony" (po·ny~ Noun: A horse of a small breed) and investigate all claims, not just those by members that you are politically opposed to.

News is supposed to be facts presented in such a manner and by such a person that we cannot tell their beliefs on the topic.

Something which you, as well as WWAY and 95% of the modern media, fail miserably at. Youd have never made it out of latrine cleaning in the 1950s, 60s or 70s son.

Now grow a pair and move on. You dont know enough about the world to have an opinion, yet."

Bless your little heart too!

a Thank ya verrry much...

Matt

Berger and Warren

It seems we always get a few nuts along the way. Remember Katherine Moore? It sure does make the remainder of the boards look good.

Great more waste of taxpayer money

Great.. Now Berger is WASTING tax payer money by requesting investigation after investigation.. Lovely.
He's a politician. His life is an open book and anything about his job/work can and obviously will be made public...
Not being funny, but seriously.. Does he have assberger syndrome or another disorder?

Bottom feeders and wway3

If we had any doubt about how lacking you folks are in reality,we just need to look at this rubbish. You are so biased on this matter you will literally do or say anything--and you have! Ben McCoy and others have pointed out your numerous outright lies and distortions on numerous issues. You won't respond because you cannot.
Let's talk about transparency---and the "stolen notes". A number of media outlets were offered the stolen notes--only you folks went with them and then you tried to distort what they were. The reality is that they did not just walk or fly over to you folks- they were indeed stolen. So being you are keen on transparency, why don't you tell all of us which political operative gave them to you?
On transparency again- in the private sector the individual who leaked this confidential information in this man's employment file broke county policy and has some serious issues under state and federal law. They would be long gone for that transgression in the private sector, but in this County we have different rules-maybe.
If there has been no wrongdoing then why don't you and others let us in on the person who rendered this public service?
Bottom feeders and hypocrits are in no position to play gotcha with a politician when their own acts are even more revolting. Your venom and bias are over the top and clear to most of us.

How much longer can you hold

How much longer can you hold on? Brian Berger is a mess. He always has been. Now that he is in the public eye, it is readily apparent on a weekly basis.

To quote you about leak...

"They would be long gone for that transgression in the private sector, but in this County we have different rules-maybe"

You may quote me:

Brian Berger would be long gone for HALF of the transgressions and foibles in the private sector, but in this County we have different rules-maybe!

Hi Brian! nice retort

Maybe you could get a job if you weren't writing manifestos and paranoid rantings.