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Attention draws to a tardy Brian Berger at meeting with fellow GOP leaders

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's been nearly two weeks since New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was arrested for a domestic dispute. Berger showed up 20 minutes late and avoided our cameras at the New Hanover County GOP’s monthly meeting. Fellow commissioners appeared to be in good spirits but the attention was obviously drawn to Berger.

"Well we're just still looking into the situation. I know Mr. Berger has a hearing in July and we'll see where that goes," New Hanover County GOP Chair Rhonda Amoroso said.

Amoroso also said she and other GOP leaders are still supporting and praying for Berger. He was arrested June 10 for assault on a female and damage to personal property in an incident with his girlfriend, Heather Blaylock. If convicted of the assault charge, he could face up to 150 days in jail.

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Found out something today.....

Several people who attended the meeting of the New Hanover County GOP on Thursday night said that Brian arrived at 6:50.

The meeting STARTS at 7pm. As I said in my first post here the social is at 6:30 and the meeting at 7.

SO ATTENTION SCOTT PICKEY et al:

Brian was 10 MINUTES EARLY.

Get it? Good.

When there's actually a news story on an elected official to report that is fine. When the news is manufactured and turns out to be a LIE, that's not fine, that's harrassment, and I will call out WWAY whenever it occurs.

No Guest 2012

I have no idea who either Jim and Betsy are and Scott or Kevin can verify that I am not them.

You can't seem to get it through your head that 20 minutes late is not important for an informal county meeting of Republicans where you are not even expected to show up!

It's apples and oranges saying that Jason is always early. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT COMMISSIONER MEETINGS. The county GOP meeting is not related to official New Hanover County business. Compare it to a coffee in someone's home, a BBQ, whatever. If Brian hadn't come at all it wouldn't have mattered. But you clearly want to blast the GOP and Brian and don't care about the facts.

Oh brother

Guest 2012, I don't know how I can be more clear. THE MEETINGS ARE FOR THE LOCAL GOP precinct chairs, grassroots activists and interested people to attend. Missing a meeting is like missing church one Sunday. You don't HAVE to go. I don't know what's bewildering about this. JASON THOMPSON NEVER COMES TO THE MEETINGS. Never, ever, ever. Rick Catlin comes only once in awhile. No one expected Brian, no one (but the stalking WWAY) was waiting for Brian, he wasn't scheduled to speak and if he hadn't come no one would have minded. The title of this "article" is ridiculous.

MANY people came late and several left early. It's the county party, not the county elected officials meeting. What is so freaking hard for you to understand?

And obviously you have no concept of the law: in the US people are innocent until proven guilty. Period, end of story.

You sound like you won't be satisfied until Brian is hauled off to prison in chains for offending your perception of an elected official. And leave the Tea Party out of it, or do you despise Allen West, Jum DeMint, Michelle Bachmann et al as well?

I mispoke below

Another eleceted official, Senator Thom Goolsby, was also there, and he WAS on the agenda to speak. Sorry to forget him earlier.

Those of you who are maligning Brian in your comments for your pleasure, wake up! There is NO STORY here.

Brian didn't have to attend at all. Call Jason and ask him why he never comes.

WWAY was not invited. Granted, it's a public meeting so they can come and try to find news, but it was not a business meeting, the executive committee of the New Hanover GOP was not voting on anything, so once again, Brian DID NOT HAVE TO BE THERE.

To the poster who said it was like reporting that Brian was late to a movie, you nailed it, thanks!

Berger

Why is this man still in office? Does the county or the state or SOMEBODY not have the sense and authority to remove him?

He makes us all look bad with his crazy antics. Somebody please put a sock in his mouth.

Rhonda

You have GOT to be Kidding!

WWAY, you are disgusting.

WWAY, you are disgusting. Brian Berger is not being paid to attend the NHC GOP meetings. It's a completely voluntary thing. Many people come into those meetings after they've began and everybody welcomes them. ...This is like reporting, "Brian Berger shows up late for movie!"

Get something else to do with your time, hacks.

Did Berger settle the car insurance issue?

This guy has so many problems, it's hard to keep up with them all!

Seems the public is held to

Seems the public is held to a different standard than our elected officials....just goes to show that we voters dont know everything, after all we put this clown in office, guilty or not, its tough to look at your public official with the same regard after the spotlight.

David, it wasn't "we" that

David, it wasn't "we" that put this clown, as you call him in office....you might have voted for him but some of us were smart enough to do a little research before voting and not just voting for him because he had an "R" stuck behind his name, next time maybe you'll spend a little time researching a candidate's background before heading for the voting booth.

This is ridiculous!!

I'm sorry, but I was at that meeting last night. Social is 6:30 and people trickle in from 6:30 to anytime after 7. There is NO RULE about who has to come (other than executive team and scheduled speakers.) Elected officials DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND. Brian was not speaking, he didn't even have to be there.

You all are manufacturing news. WWAY was there with a reporter and camera man literally stalking Brian.

THERE IS NOT A STORY HERE.

Many other people came late. Many were at the redictricting hearing at UNCW first. These meetings are volunteer, not mandatory and many do not attend. Jason Thompson never comes. Is that a story? Some left early. Ted Davis left early. Is that a story?

Folks, this is blalant news manipulation by WWAY who clearly has a vendetta against Brian Berger.

"Fellow commissioners appeared to be in good spirits?" Ted Davis was the only other commissioner there. Only 1 from school board was there and only one other elected official, Judge Criner, attended, a and she came late because of a prior conflict.

Brian was not the ONLY one avoiding your intrusive cameras.

Let's just see if this makes it into print......

Hey! YOU made it into Print! Ya-Hooo!

WWAY prints the Good, the Bad and the Ugly...it's all news to me!

WWAY, Thank you and keep up the good work!

Guest118, your comment is bewildering! So, Berger is not "required" to be to the monthly GOP meeting on time?!?

But, for the GRACES that the GOP and the nonABLE TEEEEEE PARTY have bestowed upon him, (pushing him to be elected in the first place and remaining silent after all of his goof-ups), you would think he would ARRIVE EARLY, a concept that is foreign to him.

I am interested in the GOP Chair, because I will NEVER donate money Locally anymore.... reread this...

"Amoroso also said she and other GOP leaders are still supporting and praying for Berger."

Praying is good, supporting him is okay too, especially when he is in this kind of trouble, is embroiled in this much turmoil, and is this bi-polar, and obviously off his meds, prayer and support are Noble!

BUT, REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE by ASKING him to step down Amoroso...OMG, WHAT is wrong with you?????!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to know if Amoroso completely lost her mind by NOT calling for Bergers removal from Public Office and THANKS TO WWAY~ I know for sure.
We will be talking about the incompetence of the CHAIR and Co-Chair at our dinner meeting tonight and next week.

No longer ABLE to believe a single endorsement from Rhonda and the goofs at gop, they and able belong in a pod together. WACC-CO!

Shame on WWAY

Guest 1118 is dead on. For the record, I am not a big fan of Brian Berger either. However, this is not news, this is a full blown case of harrassment.

Grow up WWAY. Get a life. Find something newsworthy to report and get you nose out from under BB's a**

Shame on WWAY

Guest 1118, you are dead on. I love reading the Star News and I love tuning in to WWAY to catch up on the latest. Furthermore, while neither of us know the whole story, I am not a fan of Brian Berger. His problems are much greater than being late for a non mandatory meeting.

WWAY, you are losing traction here. The guy is a human being and your blood thirsty reporting is absolutely out of hand. I hear you constantly say "it is our job to report the news". This story is NOT news. Actually, it's nothing more than a filler of time and space.

If I were Brian Berger, I would charge YOU with harrassment, because that is exactly what it is!

1118, Jim and Betsy!

WWAY is very adept at showing Brian Bergers pattern, trend, behavior and I guess....personality trait (albeit negative) to arrive 20 minutes late!

Just like you three individuals (?) have the same exact verbiage "pattern". Seriously, are you 3 the same, or just related?

Jason isn't the problem child here, as much as you want him to be.

He is always early and prepared. HEY JASON! I said something NICE about you!!!!

WWAY, YOU HAVE NOT LOST TRACTION HERE< YOU ARE NOT BLOOD THIRSTY, Your reports Clearly and Concisely show Bergers ARROGANCE to remain in office...and yet the trinity is correct.... Berger's problems are BIG!

Go ahead and Pray for Berger, support him all you want to, it's too late for the gop-gop.