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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Berger launches e-mail battle with fellow commissioners after being thrown off boards

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A day after fellow commissioners removed him from most public boards on which he was a member, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger launched an e-mail fight with fellow commissioners.

Berger began by sending a message around 5 a.m. to Commissioner Rick Catlin, saying: "I know who's been ringleader pulling strings to try to get me to resign. No defamation, no invasion of privacy, nothing will ever make me resign. I'll live in a cardboard box with a tarp roof and I won't resign. I was elected to a do a job and unless 'someone' frames me for a felony or kills me I'm going to do what I committed to when I asked people for their vote."

Berger goes on: "Without any committees or boards officially taking my time, I'll be able to attend probably every campaign event to hand out information and ask questions and talk to people so they know the truth about the candidates asking for or buying citizens votes." He also said he would be able to vote "his conscience without compromising."

Berger said he now has the freedom to attend whatever meetings he wants, "and report back to the people...all meetings can't be secret even if thats what some elected officials prefer, even some of my 'fellow' commissioners!"

Berger goes on to say that "No corrupt judge or politician is going to change that."

Catlin replied to Berger and copied the other commissioners and County Manager Bruce Shell. In his reply Catlin wrote: "Your allegations of corrupt judges are not helpful to your future and are completely unsubstantiated. You may want to consider a public retraction before you go to court.

"Also, I'm surprised by your comments that seem to indicate that you have not been able to vote your conscience and that your campaign promises have been compromised.

"Writing threatening emails at 5:00 in the morning has never proven to be a good idea for you. I hope you didn't mean all the things you said. I truly have no ill wishes for you."

After Catlin's message, Commissioner Jason Thompson responded to Berger.

"You sound like a wacko!," Thompson wrote. "Your comments sounds like you're 5 steps away from moving into a shack and reading the unabomber manifesto!!! Come on man. You can't continue to spout your rhetoric and make unfounded accusations that only alienate you further from any and everybody. You have made yourself a non factor and have done a terrible disservice to the people that elected you. You now hold a position with no voice. That cannot be what they voted for."

In a response, Berger says he would have reacted differently to yesterday's move to remove him from boards if he'd heard from the leaders and members of those boards that he "contribute(s) nothing, am incompetent, disruptive, disrespectful, bullying, invisible, and requested my removal for any of those reasons or similarly valid justifications for removal." He said that was different than lobbying by fellow commissioners or CFPUA's Jim Quinn for his removal based on philosophical differences. At no point, though, has any commissioner made Berger's political views an issue as to why they believe he cannot serve the county effectively. In fact, they said after yesterday's meeting that their decision was based on his inability to work well with others and his public and personal actions that have embarrassed the county.

Berger, who continues to deny his own actions have had anything to do with the way he is perceived by his colleagues or constituents, went on to write, "I can't say your actions are outside of your legal authority, but I call it like I see it, and I see a planned, choreographed, campaign to seize an opening to embarass (sic), insult and bring back into the news for a larger plan involving months of resorting to any and all means to force my resignation."

READ THE SERIES OF E-MAILS IN REVERSE ORDER BEGINNING WITH JASON THOMPSON'S REPLY AT 2:03 P.M. FRIDAY

B that is a long email that doesn't tell me anything!

Sent from Jason's iPhone

On Dec 16, 2011, at 1:02 PM, "Berger, Brian" wrote:

> If Janet Nelson, Mr. Nesmith, John Hinnant, Christine McNamee, Mike Kozloski, John Craig, Dave Spetrino, etc...the chairs, fellow board members, those best positioned to offer constructive feedback stated that I contribute nothing, am incompetent, disruptive, disrespectful, bullying, invisible, and requested my removal for any of those reasons or similarly valid justifications for removal, I would have had a very different reaction, and would voluntarily step aside to support rather than hinder an appointment that would better serve the affected citizens of the county. The feedback from those individuals who are actually in a position to provide it would serve as a basis for improvement in those areas they identified as significant professional weaknesses.
>
> That's much different than Jim Quinn or any fellow board member, including the BOC, to lobby for my removal from any board because of philisophical differences. Debate and dissent is something every committee and board should actively encourage, and I would never advocate removing a duly appointed member, esp. a Commissioner, from even one Committee no matter how much I disagreed with their viewpoints and voting record.
>
> I've seen no evidence suggesting I miss more meetings than any other Commissioner, the WSN investigated that inaccurate claim and found it to be false, as I surmised. I can't stop the majority of the board from collaborating to seize any and all opportunities, appointments included, so as to embarass me to vent personal animosity, to misrepresent my contributions to the public who have no way of knowing whether positive or negative statements from the BOC are true or not, and I can't stop the majority of the BOC from demeaning my constructive participation when that is an accurate assessment. Blanket removal from all boards, particularly those where my contributions have probably been most significant, as a retaliatory gesture or public insult with little justification: no ethical conduct or conflict of issues violations, not a single instance of disrespect toward other agency board members, total respect for different viewpoints and the board members who raise different perspectives, and on several boards a degree of sincere concern and attention for "clients," exceeding that of most board members at most any agency, past or present (a little conjecture on my part ), and that is a disservice to the citizens of the County unless its based on significant criticisms or tangible negative impacts rendering me or any Commissioner incapable beyond repair of serving effectively on a board.
>
> I'd fully support and back performance reviews for all Commissioners annually as a precursor to appointments. It would involve some time of other board members, clients, staff, but it would be useful to all five current Commissioners and the few staff designees prior to yesterday's almost unbeliavable disservice to citizens for no purpose in most if not all cases except to give yourselves another, fresh opportunity to rekindle a private matter involving no violations of the law, for less than a week under circumstances I dont expect people to understand or excuse my bizarre actions, but I'll stake my integrity, honor, dedication and compassion/empathy for others against any Commissioner and win every time. If in fact my self-apprasal for every board I've served on the past year is completely out of sync with reality, as judged by an apprasal performed by a reasonable, impartial observer, I'd accept that, the actions taken by other Commissioners via secrecy, with no history of concerns raised by and member of the Boards I've served on the past 12 months. Surely, you didn't think I'd be happy about being targeted by other Board members to the point that its your personal/political attack against me that has generated more concern than my service on any Board except for the CFPUA due to my history of criticizing the ill-advised creation and structure of the Authority. That said, I've attempted to be very conscientious about working to improve the organization within the confines of the current situation and practical changes, and steer clear of rhetoric, criticism for its own sake, criticism of the current board or the outcome of votes by the Board, and anything that would or might be construed as a criticism of one or many CFPUA staff members. If I ever did it was inadvertant, and I even volunteered to serve on the PR subcommittee charged with making the CFPUA look good, to put it simply, although I wasn't able to attend enough subcommittee members to contribute as much as I had intended. I cant recall any conversation while serving in that capacity that got heated or any time I called out a fellow board member to settle differences in the parking lot.
>
> I can't say your actions are outside of your legal authority, but I call it like I see it, and I see a planned, choreographed, campaign to seize an opening to embarass, insult and bring back into the news for a larger plan involving months of resorting to any and all means to force my resignation. Its a dangerous road and one that targets me but is also deceitful in many respects and an end-run around the democratic election process. My life will go on, but I wont smile and go along with something that is wrong and not in NHC's best interests (as I see it).
>
> Thanks for reading!
>
> BB
>
>
> Brian M. Berger
> New Hanover County Commissioner
> 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 175
> Wilmington, NC 28403
> office: 910-798-7149
> cell: 910-431-3115
> bberger@nhcgov.com
> From: Thompson, Jason
> Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 10:42 AM
> To: Catlin, Rick
> Cc: Berger, Brian; Davis, Ted; Barfield, Jonathan; Shell, Bruce
> Subject: Re: Your 5:00 AM Email
>
> Brian this is exactly what I talked to you about last night. You sound like a wacko! Your comments sounds like you're 5 steps away from moving into a shack and reading the unabomber manifesto!!! Come on man. You can't continue to spout your rhetoric and make unfounded accusations that only alienate you further from any and everybody. You have made yourself a non factor and have done a terrible disservice to the people that elected you. You now hold a position with no voice. That cannot be what they voted for. Your comments and questions display a total lack of preparation and a failure to comprehend the issues at hand. Dude you need to seek and implement professional help to get your life in order and then come back to politics after you have fixed yourself. That would be the best service you could do for the citizens of this county. You are the only one that doesn't see it. Think about it! Call me if you need help moving in the right direction.
>
> Sent from Jason's iPhone
>
> On Dec 16, 2011, at 10:11 AM, "Catlin, Rick" wrote:
>
>> Brian,
>>
>> I didn't even know about your notes until the press called me. Ask them, they can confirm that I had nothing to do with it. The first I saw these notes was when a fellow commissioner gave me a copy after the press coverage. I still have an unsolicited voicemail from you from April 1st offering to publicly apologize to me at the next Board meeting. This was obviously an April Fool's joke.
>>
>> I have tried to keep as much distance from your activities as possible. I am trying to stay focused on solving county and regional problems. I am always hopeful that your situations will calm down and quit distracting from more important issues.
>>
>> Your allegations of corrupt judges are not helpful to your future and are completely unsubstantiated. You may want to consider a public retraction before you go to court.
>>
>> Also, I'm surprised by your comments that seem to indicate that you have not been able to vote your conscience and that your campaign promises have been compromised.
>>
>> Writing threatening emails at 5:00 in the morning has never proven to be a good idea for you. I hope you didn't mean all the things you said. I truly have no ill wishes for you.
>>
>> Please get some sleep,
>> Rick
>>
>> PS, I have forwarded this to our fellow commissioners and county manager for full disclosure.
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Dec 16, 2011, at 5:05 AM, "Berger, Brian" wrote:
>>
>>> I know who stole my notes and tried to "leak" them to the press.
>>>
>>> I know who's been ringleader pulling strings to try to get me to resign. No defamation, no invasion of privacy, nothing will ever make me resign. I'll live in a cardboard box with a tarp roof and I won't resign. I was elected to a do a job and unless "someone" frames me for a felony or kills me I'm going to do what I committed to when I asked people for their vote.
>>>
>>> Without any committees or boards officially taking my time, I'll be able to attend probably every campaign event to hand out information and ask questions and talk to people so they know the truth about the candidates asking for or buying citizens votes. My credibility will be restored in time for the election season. The public probably won't have to be reminded about watching 60-year old men (or 50, 45 40) 60-year old men act like 10-year old spoiled children. People think its pretty disgusting watching grandfathers play musical chairs like they're back in high school. I'm ashamed to be in the room when "professionals" behave like that...even my reputation now is bigger and better than a certain board looked at a meeting this week and is sinking even lower into the gutter. My reputation will come back. Jim Quinn and my four peers kicking me off every board, now I can go to and and every official meeting of any board or committee I choose and report back to the people...all meetings can't be secret even if thats what some elected officials prefer, even some of my "fellow" commissioners!
>>>
>>> No corrupt judge or politician is going to change that, and I hope every candidate for office and all media know I pledged to fight corruption, backroom deals and unethical behavior and I'm going to do just that no matter who's friends with who...I do things by a different code than most people these days, my friend. Hatred isn't healthy, you know...
>>>
>>> I'm actually looking forward to voting my conscience without compromising and attending any committee or board meeting I decide to prioritize when I have some time open or can make time open in my schedule. I see alot of benefits on both counts. Alot of good I can do in keeping with my campaign promises I couldn't always do this year...and of course the election season is going to be good getting out to all those events and doing a little cause campaigning to inform and educate citizens where I can...
>>>
>>> Brian M. Berger
>>> New Hanover County Commissioner
>>> 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 175
>>> Wilmington, NC 28403
>>> office: 910-798-7149
>>> cell: 910-431-3115
>>> bberger@nhcgov.com

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The BOC sound like a bunch

The BOC sound like a bunch of children with a decent grasp of the English language. This is better than anything on TV tonight.

I vote that we load Berger

I vote that we load Berger up on a boat along with RC Soles and his little boy toys and the whole corrupt Carolina Beach government and float them out to the gulf stream and take the key.

Oh and send Teen Mom 2 with them . . .

Could this be

part of the reason alcohol sales are up in NHC?

ignoRANT!!!!

I ask how ignorant can one man make himself look? What a disgrace! Say's who? Say's Kblue!

We agree!!!

For once, I agree with you....without getting physically ill.

Agree

I agree. I don't read his posts anymore. They're too childish and narcissitic...and they give me a headache (it's like listening to the constant chatter of a 3 year old).

Good Grief

Oh, good grief...nutso Berger is at it again. This fruitcake is so far in denial, I don't think it's even possible for him to come back to reality.

Berger, you "contribute nothing, are incompetent, disruptive, disrespectful, bullying", we wish you were "invisible", and the citizens of New Hanover County are continually "requesting your removal for all of those reasons and other similarly valid justifications for removal." You are also mentally defective. Now will you retire?

PLEASE SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY...HELP US GET RID OF THIS FRUITCAKE! HE'S A WALKING DISASTER AND A DANGER TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY!

CALL BERGER

This is a call to action for everyone reading....call Brian Berger day and night on his cell at 910-431-3115 until he resigns. Do this for the good of the county!

Uhhhh....

No...I think that's harrassment. That could get you in a lot of trouble.

Don't forget, Berger harrassed his ex-girlfriend with about 120 text mails. Wouldn't that make us just as bad as he is?

I hope he (Berger) "OPENS" a

I hope he (Berger) "OPENS" a major can of worms against the corruption intertwined within our local officials, all started from a fight he and his girlfriend had that was nobody's Bees Wax to start with.
We all know that we have corruption within our local government, and maybe Berger will disclose all that needs knowing before he is brought down. Maybe he will bring his allegations of corruption to a higher form of government in our area and turn tables on others in its wake. This man's ongoing series...Screen Gems would probably love to have it for next season TV.
Just saying :-)

The only Corruption in our county government is BERGER!

Like most people in this county, I am tired of hearing these false accusations and utter nonsense from Brian Berger and his major promoter Ben McCoy! Berger and his sidekick, McCoy, must be sent packing!

Thanks

Thanks for commenting Mr Berger!

To guest 2011...

Are the black helicopters circling your house again! I'm so sick of hearing that bull. For the first thing if he had anything he would have ran like a idiot sceaming all the way to Chads show. Secondly WWAY and Star-News digs so much dirt and they are way smarter than he is.They would have had the story first or maybe.... Everyone but you are in on it and they'll all out to get you and Beaker AKA Brian Berger.... JUST SAYIN!

The fight with his

The fight with his girlfriend became the public's business when the police and the courts had to get involved.

Berger has no real information about alleged corruption in local government. If he did, nobody would believe him because of his paranoia, his delusions, and his antipathy to social norms. I do not trust anything he says and does.

he reminds me of the capt

he reminds me of the capt bullfrog from big shrimping. he needs to just end it.

Drug tests

I have a question... Mr. Berger will you take a drug test? These emails scream that you need to be drug tested! I've seen this type of behaivor before and you sir fit the profile. All the rest of the county employees have to submitt to them so why don't you go get one. Resign and get help!

Hmm has the option to file for a PIC been considered

PIC is Petition for Involuntary Committment which forces the person to be examine by a physician for medical issues and then a licensed mental health worker to consider the necessity for a 72hr hold. I voted for Berger in 2010 (at the time I was a Wilm resident) but seriously I dont care who he's being a puppet for he's making the puppetmaster look bad indeed. Brian seriously is showing legit signs of Borderline Personality Disorder. The sending of these kind of emails at 5am of all things (which means he probably starting writing them well before) just disturbs me deeply.. Brian please Im begging you man I know you've been seeing a shrink and your on meds well they need to seriously either change or adjust your dosages because your seeming more irrational then previously. My guess is he's on Seroquel or something similar along with possible Paxil or Prozac could be the Seroquel or whatever Atypical Anti-pyschotic he's taking isnt strong enough or is having the opposite effect (based on his History Id dare say its the former vs later). I suspect a special election will becoming to NHC because this isnt tenable. Brian you've marginalized yourself and basically whatever good you were doing or trying to do is hopeless at this point because of exactly the points made. You've proven time and time again your personal issues are deeply affecting your ability to represent the people who voted for you and because of it if you do manage to hold out till 2014 your going to have zero chance to be re-elected and another crony like Sid Causey could end up with your seat because of it. Im gonna be as nice as I can abotu this but you need to get your head out of your rear and back in the game before its too late (if its not already) if not then its going to be a long 3 yrs for you and the rest of us who believed in you back in 2010 and whos support a majority of whom will not back you again.

Brian Berger

Enough is enough.. Right or wrong.. this issue has gone to far. Brian is definately not mentally stable enough to make the decisions that impact an entire community. It all began with her personal life and has truly gotten out of control as commissioner. I applaud Jason Thompson for taking a stand in his email. This was a personal email and Brian Berger is feeding off the attention he is getting from the media. In all honesty....Our commissioners are not able to give us the citizens 100% because they are having to deal with Brian acting like a 5 year old.
My advice to Brian Berger is and I seriously mean this. take time to get our life in order. You seem to be a nice person and you have gotten so caught up with the attention and clearing your name that you are not taking care of what is more important at this time and that is your mental health. Take time away from the public eye and get yourself well.

Without any boards, maybe he

Without any boards, maybe he can simply make it to the regular CC meetings on time. Maybe...

Emails

Wow, after reading all that im very tired. Just one thought is it Helium that makes him sound like that, or ramble like that.

What a Joke!!!!

It took him until 5am to come up with that many thoughts? What a waste of a citizens vote. I can't wait to watch the next meeting so we can cue "Tequilia" and watch him do the Pee Wee Herman dance.

THIS IS Y I DON'T VOTE

These people are crazy because I wouldn't even be feeding into this dude BS!Don't even understand how he was elected for from the start.I know people could look at him and see he wasn't stable but since his run-in with the law everybody wanna talk about the poor baby.I'll start back voting just to elect you,boo boo but u got to get it together.LMAO

I'm a good southern girl and

I'm a good southern girl and my mama told me not to say anything if I can't say something nice, so all I can say about Mr. Berger is "Bless his heart...he needs Jesus."

Really the Jesus Card ?

really the jesus card. ?

fine example. of Christianity

belittle your fellow man

Sign me up ! I want to follow that way of life

help people up not down !

Happy Holidays

and yes there is a song by that name also

Bigot

Shut up, bigot. I'm sick of hearing all you anti-Christians spouting your religious intolerance. And no, I'm not a Christian. Just someone who is really tired of seeing Chritians beat up every time they post something. But you can post your anti-Christian bullsh*it and it's OK.

"fine example. of Christianity

belittle your fellow man"

Really? Isn't that what you're doing too? It's OK for you, but not for him? Hypocrite. You sound like you're 5 years old.

"Help people up not down"? Really? Take some of your own advice and grow up.

Ding Ding Ding...Woo Whooooooooo

The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train ain't coming for that boy.

I do believe he is a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal.

Berger

"I'll live in a cardboard box with a tarp roof and I won't resign."

Don't you need to have a valid address to be an elected official?

Only thing Brian is missing

I'm coo coo for Coco Puffs!