ONLY ON 3: Commissioner Brian Berger renegs on interview, again; Says he’s considering resigning

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Submitted: Tue, 09/06/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Tue, 09/06/2011 - 9:40pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Twenty-five minutes before New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was supposed to do a live interview here at the TV station, he called and pulled the plug. He called it a “postponement” not a “cancellation” even though he confirmed twice over the weekend that he would show up.

He did tell us on the phone, though, that he is considering resigning, but he needs to talk the other commissioners first.

New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said over the phone that he hasn’t talked to Berger yet but did leave him a message. He also said that he was a little surprised that Berger was considering a resignation but that “Brian needs to do what’s best for Brian.”

Berger also said Monday that he plans to go to the County Commission meeting Tuesday, and that he may talk about his future at that meeting.

Some think he just needs more time to sort out his personal life.

“If we’re all asked to resign when we are a little bit unstable I don’t think any of us would have jobs,” said Anita Naughton, a New Hanover County resident. “Give him a chance. I don’t see anything so critical in the county right now that he can’t just take a little bit of time off to get himself together. If he can’t then let him resign.”


  • guest111 says:

    OMG Where does she teach? OMG Isn’t the school system aware of how bizarre she is? Why do they let her have control of children? This is just horrifying!

  • Guest says:

    Could you please make Wuzzardo’s rant music louder and more intrusive upon what he was trying to say? I could almost hear him, and I almost became undistracted about how mismatched the background noise was to a human speaking voice. Whoever produced that deserves a promotion!

  • Karen B says:

    This is a very troubled man. I would be perfectly okay with you going after him for his poor performance and being late. However, you are completely crossing the line interrogating this man who has apparently just attempted suicide! Chasing the little man down and humiliating him until he slammed a door in your BIG BULLY FACE was inexcusable behavior. I don’t like Berger, but I would have stepped in and punched you if I’d seen you doing this in person, and I am a woman

    YOU weren’t asking him about fashion, or a movie or something along those Hollywood lines.

    You were a great big man chasing and bullying a suicidal little man.

    Honestly, SHAME ON YOU.

  • guest111 says:

    The fact Brian Berger ever got elected as county commissioner speaks loudly about how desperate we were (AND STILL ARE)to get rid of all incumbants.

    The next election we should all do our homework on the candidates and be sure we have someone who can function in society. We need to know who they are affiliated with, where they work and what their agenda is.

    We all know that Brian Berger is not a well man. The fact WWAY got in his face trying to interview him, followed him into another area and in to what I assume was his office was totally out of line. Treatment like that can push a man with his issues over the edge. He obviously can’t communicate and surely isn’t going to tell the public what is going on with him at this time. We all need to leave him alone and hope that someone can find a way to get him out of the county position.

    As for the way the reporter got in his face. . . you better well be glad it wasn’t me. I assure you I would have gotten you away from me. I may have had a bit of trouble afterward but you would sure think before you got up someone else’s nostrils. WAY OUT OF LINE!!

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Transparency of the budget? Brian doesn’t even understand the budget. Baseball Team? As far as I know, has anything solid even been proposed? Discussion? A Vote? I believe that was something courted a little by the City. Has Mr. Berger really introduced anything of meaning. I can never understand him if He says more than ten words and that is a chore. How can He be Up to Snuff on anything when every time I have seen him at a commission or committee meeting He is unprepared and thus unable to make a meaningful contribution. I could be wrong…..

  • Guest Laughs says:

    I’m glad it’s live TV…that way Berger can slam the door in the reporters face as the camera starts to roll…which he should for last weeks attempt at a TV Ratings binge by Mr. “P”…the news director.
    Better yet…Berger should hang a note on his office door which says….”Left for the Day…SIT ON IT!”
    Best thing that could happen is no one watch this circus attempt by WWAY.

  • GuestPAT says:

    yippeeeeeeeeee skippyyyyyyyy!!! Wasn’t surprised that Berger didn’t show for the interview…he needs help,seriously,he needs help.

  • Voter777 says:

    I think Berger should do this infamous live interview with wway this Thursday at 7pm while the Obama speech is happening! Berger will totally upset Obama’s speech with way more interested viewers than Obama will ever get for some lame jobs program.
    I feel this story is getting ready to make national news about Berger. There may be hope for Berger to make some money off of this. If Casey Anthony can, surely he can! Southeastern NC is truly doomed to wither away in embarrassment over this and other stories.

  • Guest says:

    Agree … he is ill … stop hounding him ….

  • brendle99 says:

    He is the only one who speaks up at the council meetings, so, lets ruin him. We elect these people to do what we want to happen with our town, then they do what big money dictates. Brian Berger should be praised for having the balls to not feed into the BS. He see’s wrong and he speaks up against it. The other council members are challenged by him. This is where and why the smear comes from.
    I applaud Brian Berger, “a man who won’t be swayed for free”

  • Guest says:

    How many times does are we going to elect these buffoons and bypass Ricky Meeks? He would be so much better than Berger! Ricky Meeks is the man!

  • Guest says:

    Seeing as he just tried to commit suicide, and he would only agree to an interview on live TV, you’d better check him for weapons before putting him on air WWAY, in case he plans to “off” himself on live TV.

  • Guest28451 says:

    This guy is totally unreliable unbelieveable and needs some serious mental help.. Hmm somebody joked he was the guy who jumped off the parking deck downtime hmm maybe he was..

  • Guest52 says:

    They will go after anyone claiming “For the interest of news” if you do not believe in their politics. This goes with any other news company, which is why some good people hesitate to run for any office. The newscasters and newspapers will dig into someones life and make a mountain out of a mole hill if they oppose the news agency.

  • Jason says:

    If I was a county commissioner I would be bringing a gun with me for protection. WWAY should do the same. Berger is ripe for a showdown. What ever happens it will be great for ratings. Its not if something pops off its when. WWAY TV3 will be there to bring it to the people. Stay safe. Brian get help.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Couldn’t make it again. Probably doubled up on the old meds, had a wine cooler, Bartles & James, sat down to watch beaches and passed out. No really, I am sure His handlers advised against this interview. He will be there tomorrow in all his babbling glory and We will hear yet another excuse. He will disclose that all of his backers have begged him to stay on and fight the fight and He will sit there head down with who knows what going through that head of his. Then in about 3 hours He will retreat to where ever it is He goes and wait for the next day and do it all again…Until the next incident happens.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Who are you his cousin? Speak up? Stand up for what is right? Will not be swayed? Your as crazy as He is? Brian Berger has done ABSOLUTELY nothing but embarrass himself, the county as a whole, act like a lovelorn just reaching puberty little schoolboy Who by the way ended up stiffing another county resident when He took out her automobile and lied to her. Hell, He even lies to his main man Ben McCoy. I guarantee no other member of the commission is challenged by anything this Mental Giant says or does. Brendle99, You and Mr. Berger really are a lot alike. You both are delusional.

  • Cool Hand Luke says:

    Don’t forget the City Councilman that thinks he is Michael Jackson with his white getup on. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA


  • Paul says:

    speak up? he just sits there and doesn’t say anything. Doesn’t speak out in meetings for any known agenda at all. Just out of the room does he complain about being repressed.
    I certainly won’t be voting for him again.

  • guest111 says:

    You are so crude.

  • Guest5 says:

    Well, I didnt vote for Berger but I wouldnt say the Tea Party is a bunch of whacko’s. Thats like saying, the Democrats and Republicans are a bunch of money sucking toads and the people that follow are gullible idiots.

  • Guest says:

    Oh Great, Brendle99 is another Tea Party Whacko.

  • Guest says:

    … and have done nothing wrong should have no issue defending themselves. In fact, they should WANT the chance to set things straight! The fact that Brian Berger refuses to even try and defend himself in a live interview (where he can’t take 30 minutes answering 3 questions and risk his falsehoods being revealed with slips of the tongue and body language) speaks volumes in my opinion. I know politicians have a reputation for being shady but there’s a difference between backyard political dealings and committing assault on a female, having DSS called to your home on multiple occasions and performing “cry for attention” acts like what he did last week. (When a person really wants to kill themselves they do and he probably would have used the gun he had. The fact he sent Blaylock that picture was just his way of trying to get her back or get her sympathy or something to that affect. I know both Brian and Heather personally and more than probably any of you so trust me on this. I have been witness to many of their dramas and I honestly couldn’t tell you which one is more crazy. He shouldn’t be a representative of New Hanover and she should not be a teacher.)

  • Guest says:

    Yet again I say too much attention. Can’t yall see this is a very disturb individual who will do anything to get attention? Evidently he’s going to keep behaving like this until the media decides to find something more important to report. Either that or he needs to go find a very good shrink to help him with his complexities.

  • HEEP US!!! says:

    Southeastern NC is doomed!!! Look at who’s running it. You have RC and his fairytail prince Frog, the 420 friendly grandpa town councilman, the big goof ball county commissioner chairman that can’t find his way from a paper sack, the Chadbourn town manager who woke up as a cop one am, The ILM city councilman that thinks he’s a Pope, and along comes Brain….What can be next ???

  • Ketchup says:

    It’s like when you order a hamburger and they bring it to the table, you and everyone at the table look at like: “man that is going to be good!”, then you realize it has no meat in it. You become very disappointed and everyone around wants to come and see the meatless hamberger. Nobody likes a meatless hamberger. You try and put some fries between the buns, nope no good… maybe take off the pickles, nope no good. Nothing good comes out of a meatless berger. The solution is to order a new burger and resign the meatless berger to the rubbish pile.

  • willbedone says:

    What was that Brian…err I mean Guest 1942. Really Mr. Berger do you think we are that stupid not to see this is your post? It has Cheetos stains all over it!

  • Guest1942 says:

    with folks like straight shooter as critics that is all the reason we need to ask brian to stay put. Transparency with the budget, no taxpayer money for a baseball team and the arts council and so many other issues where he has led quietly speak for themselves. He needs to move on in his personal life but I for one hope he tells wway3 to stick it- until they tell the PUBLIC the name of the person who stole his notes that they made such a big deal out of earlier in year. When we look at him lets look at others and what they have in their closets– a lot worse than Berger. He has made mistakes for sure–but so have so many others and they have done far worse than him.

  • Guest says:

    Do you REALLY think that staying on the boc is in Brian Berger’s best interest? His actions clearly indicate that he is a deeply troubled man. For God’s sake, the guy took pix of his bloody wrists and texted them to his ex girlfriend. Regardless of his party affiliations in my opinion he needs some space, some serious counseling and perhaps so prescription therapy.

    His resignation would be best for himself, and the people he took an oath to serve.

  • Guest3293 says:

    You’ve got to be kidding!!! He will never make it there on time. If WWAY wants a live interview, I would suggest they go to Berger’s house. Just make sure the guns and razors are secure.

  • Guest says:

    Seriously stop being so judgemental. You don’t know what is going on in someone’s life. And no this isn’t Brian Berger. I don’t even know who he is. I just got a link to his story on Facebook and decided to google him.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    A dollar, No, five dollars to a donut You won’t see Mr. Berger for any live interview. Inevitably something is sure to come up. Maybe, just maybe He will show but if He does,it will be painful to watch. Interpretation will be needed. Rambling diatribe is hard to understand.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    I posted many times, before the election, that we should know more about Berger and his background but nobody seemed to care. He was elected via hype and lies from some of our local tea party folks.

  • No Stranger to Bladen says:

    Lets see…BCC you apparently weren’t around when Berger first ran for office or you are a friend of an incumbent that lost his seat to him. No. You are just another late addition to the band wagon ride. When Mr. Berger ran for office he wasn’t displaying mental instability. If every one were honest and look back they might be able to pinpoint when changes became very apparent. These instabilities are a recent manifest over the course of the few year or so. It is apparent that Mr. Berger is spiraling down a path that requires intervention and a diagnosis from DSM-IV. He does need to step down.

    It is apparent you think your county is above lounging in a septic pool.

    I am familiar with your good ole’ boy (girl) club there in Bladen. Spent a lot of time out there in E-Town and lovely hunting grounds with the local locos, and attending church. You all do an outstanding job hiding each others skeletons. You have to. Because each of you have something you want to stay hidden isn’t that right? Bubba? Or is it Bubbette? God forbid the Church finds out, or your spouse, or even your constituents.

    To the Good Folks of Bladen I am sorry that you have to contend with less than admirable kin folk. To you BCC if you are not guilty of the above then don’t take it personal. But, don’t be trashing my county.

  • It’s funny how Columbus County has RC and a Frog and they make up most all the news for there. They are a joke, but then New Hanover has Berger and he’s an even bigger joke, but the scary part of it is that 31,846 people voted for this clown in New Hanover County, that’s the total I found on your web pages, 31,846 people in your county voted for this clown, and most likely he didn’t even vote for himself because he isn’t smart enough to.
    Well, as long as he doesn’t kill himself and the state doesn’t let RC marry Frog, no one can say that Bladen County is the joke of southeastern North Carolina, now can they?
    Remember, if you think Berger is crazy, just think 31,846 other fools around you wanted him to run things in your county SCARY!!!!!!

  • No I wasn’t around your county when Berger first ran, been right here in good old Bladen for over 20 years, and while we have had some ups and downs, never have we had a joke pulled on us as a whole county like Berger did to NHC. It’s hard to believe that someone like him, or the people behind him, could fool as many people as he (they) did in the election.
    All I had to do was hear him talk, on the news of course, one time and I knew that he was a toy short of a happy meal and yet thousands of NHC people, most likely including you, voted for him.
    After doing that you have to nerve to talk about skeletons, and call the people in Bladen that you spent time with “locos” and say that we “have to contend with less than admirable kin folk”. If they were loco, then why were you up here with them, you are judged by the company that you keep.
    Know this Uhmmm, I have voted in every election since 1975 and I mean every single one, 100% voting record, and never have I wasted my time voting for someone as bad as all of you did, I get my info before voting and study it hard and make the right decision when I vote, the biggest mistake most people make is always voting for someone new because they are upset with what they already have, but often that bites you in the butt.
    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence only when it’s got more BS in it.
    What you all need to do is start a recall vote and replace this sick man so that you can move forward and not waste most of every meeting on him and his problems, I am sure your county has enough problems that need attention more so than him. Good Luck with getting him out of office. I like NHC and come shopping there several times a year, son is a grad of UNCW, and love PT’s Grill. Good Luck.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    I hope the interview happens but he will probably chicken out!

  • guesty says:

    We know you are saying because you took the time to post. No need to post you are just saying.

  • Loriaga says:

    If I were the Manager of WWAY I’d have the “Live” interview on a 3 second delay in case of a “tongue malfunction”…. just sayin….

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Instead of “Are you more scared of a snowstorm or a tornado,” how about asking “Do you think that Commissioner Brian Berger should resign?”

    I’d like to see how he handles the question, “Brain, our poll indicates that X percent of the respondents feel you should resign. What do you say to those people?”

    All of you accusing WWAY of some heinous hounding or ulterior motive need to get a grasp on reality. Berger has made his own bed and WWAY is simply reporting facts. WWAY didn’t carve up his arm. WWAY didn’t send the police to his house for the third time this year. WWAY doesn’t keep him from getting to meetings on time. WWAY didn’t cut him off and force him to slam into that woman’s car, and then not know if he was insured or not. WWAY didn’t rip the handle off his girlfriend’s car and throw it at her as she drove away.

    Maybe you see nothing alarmingly wrong with a thirty-five year-old hacking at his arm with a razor and the quarterly visits by WPD, but the is no longer the man I want providing 20% of the leadership of this county’s board. We need a RATIONAL, STABLE, MATURE individual in that seat.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Well said!

  • Jim says:

    WWAY also didn’t send 140 text messages to an ex girlfriend with numerous claims of injuring himself, nor did they steal his notes and pass them to themselves, nor did they lie for him while claiming unemployment. This dude is a loose cannow. New Hanover County is about one more incident shy of making the national news and when that happens remember you heard it here first:)

  • Brian says:

    First RC Soles, and now this.

  • GuestLee says:

    Common, where in the world can we find a “RATIONAL, STABLE, MATURE” politician? From what I can see, all politicians are cast in the same mold. If it wasn’t for giving up my priviledge to vote, I would have quit voting many years ago.

  • GuestPAT says:

    You can tell alot about a person by his eyes..check’em out!!

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    That sure is the truth in this case.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I would have voted for Daffy Duck if he was running against Caster….oh wait…..I obviously DID vote for Daffy Duck!

    I apologized to the citizens of New Hanover County for my vote on the radio this morning. I don’t screw up very often but this one is beyond embarrassing. I feel like Bush Senior when he’s asked about the Souter nightmare.

  • guesty says:

    It wasn’t Daffy running, it was Goofy!

  • GuestLee says:

    That’s OK….I voted for Goofy…so I cancelled out your vote!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …they’re not all sitting around whittling on their arms with razor blades. They’re not all involved in some puppy-love gone wild romance that involves the police on a regular basis.

    Berger has destroyed his credibility, destroyed his standing in the community, and he needs to resign now. No one will ever vote for this man again, so he’ll simply be marking time until the next election. Far better that he leave now and we get someone in there who can actually concentrate on the job rather than planning his next move in the game of “toxic-relationship chess”

  • rosegarden says:

    Ricky Meeks. Yes, I know he ran for City Council not commissioner, but if you truly want one politician in this town who loves Wilmington and will always vote in her best interest, that’s the guy. He will have my vote for anything he runs for in New Hanover County.
    I will willingly admit that I watch and read all the Berger BS, with a mixture of amusement and shame, but only because I would never vote for a guy like that, and can’t believe anyone else did. Someone else said it in their post….it’s all right there in his eyes.
    I too am getting tired of a Berger diet, but he’s serving himself up as the weekly special, and blaming the press for biting. The problem is, as appetizers go, there ain’t enough cheese in the world to soak up all that whine!
    Willing to go vegetarian in Wilmington ;)

  • Guest111 says:

    …just sayin’ is a current figure of speach. Eveyone uses it

  • Guest says:

    He needs to go now!!!! County has enough problems without this clown.

  • Guest says:

    We have had two really sad events in our town in the last few days. First, a young man jumped off the Second Street parking deck and killed himself. It is always sad to see a loss of life like that.

    What is sadder still, is that few of us will ever know what this young man’s demons were. Some of us have struggled with our own demons. If we knew him and had the chance, we would have told him this: “Problems are temporary, but death is final.”

    The other sad thing is that we have a local politician whose mind is obviously off the rails.

    Both of these situations are attempts to get attention. We do non know how the second one is going to end up. It will probably not be good.

    Some of his coharts down there on Council should have a serious heart to heart with this man.

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