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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is still having a hard time getting over the fact that he was not reappointed to various community boards this year.

His fellow commissioners voted him off, because they say his lack of being on time and his dysfunctional personal life are embarrassing the board. Nearly a month after the move, Berger fired off another e-mail this week.

In an e-mail sent early Tuesday morning, Berger again demands a legal explanation from County Manager Bruce Shell to why he was “forcibly under threat of violence and imprisonment, for seeking enforcement of the law regarding removal of dss board members (sic).”

Berger sat on the DSS Board up until last month. Berger was asked to leave the meeting and escorted out by a sheriff’s deputy, but there is no obvious evidence of any threats of violence or imprisonment.

He goes on to write, “Is the county working under a more defined legal interpretation in threatening me with imprisonment, and indicating that my safety and civil rights… are insignificant in the county’s corrupt, unprecedented and dangerous effort to scare and threaten me on pain of physical force… so you could install jonathan barfield (sic) and bully me?”

Shell e-mailed Berger last month and told him that according to both the Sheriff’s Office and county legal staff he had not been removed from the DSS Board but had simply not been reappointed. He tells Berger after this rant that he needs to take up his concerns with his fellow commissioners.

Commissioner Jason Thompson responded to Berger’s latest e-mail.

“This is a waste of staff time. No laws were or have ever been broken… except possibly by commissioner Berger. I believe the board should address all of commissioner Bergers (sic) accusations once and for all,” Thompson wrote Tuesday.

In a follow up e-mail Wednesday, Thompson wrote, “I have asked him for a year now to quit making allegations and provide evidence of… corruption… I am tired of the slander and libel on his part.”

We called Commissioner Berger this afternoon about this latest battle among the commission. He has not yet returned our calls.

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  • kblue2221984

    Because his phone bill hasn’t been paid silly gooses!!Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Guest1165

    Maybe he can run for VP with Ron Paul. He’s no crazier than the rest of them that are running for president on the tea bagger ticket.

  • Guest2020

    I wish I knew what it was about Ron Paul that has so many people running scared. After all, he is the only candidate that wants to make the federal government exist within its Constitutional limits. Can anyone please tell me what is wrong with that.

    Putting Ron Paul in the same vein as Berger is asinine. Berger doesn’t seem to know his head from a hole in the ground. Ron Paul has proven time and again by his record that he wants to do what is best for the American people.

  • GuestFlip

    He could join the Mormons w/ Romney and wear the Mormon special super secret wonder twin power underwear…

  • Wee…Wee…Wee

    If Brian actually had proof of corruption he’d run as fast as he could (note I said run, he can’t drive because he doesn’t have a license) to Chad’s show on the Big Talker shouting wee, wee, wee like that stupid pig on the Geico commercial.

  • Sesquipedalian

    The Dunning-Kruger effect occurs when incompetent people not only fail to realise their incompetence, but consider themselves much more competent than everyone else. Basically – they’re too stupid to know that they’re stupid.

    Eureka, Brian!

  • Guest Apu

    You know nothing. In fact, you know less than nothing. If you knew that you knew nothing, then that would be something, but you don’t.

  • And you can’t fix stupid!

  • Ken

    It appears Mr. Berger is beginning to give a bit of compitition to former State Senator R.C. Soles with respect to staying in the news. One thing is certain. The people over there with former Senator Soles do not have to concern themselves with the good folk of Wilmington giving them input into their problem since the good people of Wilmington and New Hanover County are at present writing and shooting the pilot of their very own Wilmington Payton Place. Now I am aware of the fact that most people reading this comment, if any, are probably to young to remember Payton Place. Trust me people. Enough of us remember for you.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …why does the presidential role of Commander-in-Chief confuse him so much? Stationing troops overseas violates NOTHING in the Constitution, but it provides greatly needed regional stability.

  • Guest Lee

    Amen! And people are so desparate about the economy right now that they can’t concentrate on much else….but they better. Ron Paul really scares me!

  • GuestofWind

    Why should we try to police the world and build other nations when ours is on the verge of collapsing? Ron Paul is the best option for this country. Pull the troops back here, let them be in the US guarding the home turf. Let us have a long cold war with the radical governments in the Middle East. If they want radical regimes let them have it. If they want democracy and freedom, let the people of that nation fight for it, like we had to for 8 long years. Let them go through everything we went through. We cannot afford to nation build. Those days are over with.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ..over there…not here….to stop regional conflicts before they become World War III. It’s called forward deployment and it has been the cornerstone of our national defense since 1945.

    Do you think that the US forces in South Korea don’t give North Korea pause when they think about getting adventurous?

    Do you think that the Iranians consider the presence of the Fifth Fleet when they discuss choking of 30% of the world’s oil?

    It’s not about playing the world’s policeman. It’s about keeping open our strategic lines of communication and protecting **OUR** interests.

    Ron Paul is brilliant when it comes to finances and the Constitution. Ron Paul is a total idiot when it comes to national defense and security.

  • Guest Lee

    I wouldn’t vote for Ron Paul even if he was the only one running. He scares me more than Goldwater did in ’64.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    YOU got yourself into the position you’re in. If you have lost the respect, trust, and confidence of your fellow county commissioners and the voters (and trust me, you have…there’s no “if” about it) you have no one but yourself to blame.

    Worse than your immature, illegal, and borderline psychotic misconduct is your total lack of honor, self-respect, and one iota of dignity, for if you had any of those you would resign and allow the voters a chance to replace you with someone who is mentally above the age of fourteen.

    I am happier of the fact that I voted for Richard Nixon than the fact that I voted for you: HE had enough dignity to resign.

  • Guest461

    …why don’t you address the other four cronies, bullies and good ol’ fellers at the same time? Berger is definitely a nut in a bananna skin, but there’s a plenty of spotlight to go around that’s being overshadowed, neglected and forgotten.

    Never, ever forget! The 2012 election is approaching, let’s don’t do like the citizens of the city of Wilmington did. Let’s fix it!

  • rob surf city

    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”

  • Tracie C

    Does anyone else have the phrase: “legend in his own mind” going through their heads after reading this? What a pompous jerk!

  • Guestor

    Amen. Berger is nuts but the other 4 commissioners are sick bullies.

  • Peyton Garrett

    Are the County Commissioner’s paid the same stipend as are others that serve on these boards? If the answer is yes, could it be Mr. Berger is just trying to supplement His income from serving on these boards? Six appointments at a couple of thousand a year may be why He is so adamant on remaining. It can’t be because He is involved, prepared or adds any insight to anything when He is in attendance. Just wondering?


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