Ardent Berger supporter Ben McCoy leaves rant on StarNews website

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Submitted: Fri, 01/27/2012 - 7:15pm
Updated: Sat, 01/28/2012 - 1:48pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ben McCoy, who is a vocal supporter of New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger, left this comment on the StarNews website this afternoon:

Berger completely owns the fact that he didn’t show up to court. He completely owns some of the ridiculous incidents that have occurred in his personal life. But it can’t be just me who thinks that all of this is so far out of proportion it’s unbelievable. Sending black SUVs to his home to escort him in handcuffs? Isn’t a bench warrant usually issued for failure to appear? I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. All because, as a community leader, he decided to attend a meeting where his girlfriend happened to be – and he had no idea?

It shouldn’t matter your personal opinion of Berger – you should be able to apply the same standard if this was a member of your own family. If your husband/wife/daughter/son had a protection order against them, and went to a meeting where in sheer coincidence that defies logic, the very person they were not allowed to be around happened to be there – would you support such a dramatic and absurd witch hunt? Berger’s got issues – no one is arguing against that – but is he really a “danger” to society? Is this proportionate to the response to others in similar situations? I say absolutely not. And that should concern every intellectually honest citizen out there.


  • Straight Shooter says:

    It’s that easy, and move on!

  • malashley says:

    Costa Concordia Cruise lines should hire Ben McCoy as their next captain, because he’s definitely going down with the ship.

  • Guest111 says:

    Berger knew his ex girlfriend worked there. C’mon, get real. As for you, please go away. We don’t need a second Berger filling these comment sections with ramblings. If he’s such a good friend of yours, then why haven’t you tried to help him? Why haven’t you tried to get him to meetings on time? Why didn’t you try to resolve issues with his girlfriend before he got in so much trouble? Friends are supposed to be there for you in time of need and Berger has had a LOT of times of need. Where were you?

  • Robert Green says:

    Elected officials are held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens because the public places their trust in your judgement.Thus far, poor judgement and being unprofessional by not showing up on time for county obligations has eroded the community’s confidence in him being a responsible commissioner.Being unemployed would make you think he would be prompt for all obligations.You forgo much of your privacy when entering the public arena.When you have the number of private incidents that Mr.Berger has been involved in, it is completely fair for the citizens to question your judgement and character.When you repeatedly fail to meet your obligations publicly or privately, people have the right to question your integrity as well.Holding elected office is the least of his concerns at this point in his life.Taking care of the basics should be his top priority…..being a responsible citizen.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    It should not be long. Being the narcissist that he is, Ben McCoy, I am sure is itching to get on here and tell all who disagree with Him how stupid We are. How intellectually inferior We are to Him and His way of thinking on the Berger fiasco. Not once have I heard Him take any responsibility for encouraging this dimwitted, troubled man to even run for office. If He is the driving force behind Brian Berger as everyone knows He is, He should be ashamed of Himself. He has left this drivel of a man to fend for himself in public. Go ahead Ben, throw another one of Your large worded rambling diatribes out there. Give us all another laugh.

  • ???? says:

    He will be remembered for his numerous stupid decisions in life and absolutely nothing for his policies to help the people of Wilmington which = 0!!!!!

  • Guest757 says:

    Mr. McCoy if you are a true friend of Mr. Berger then you aren’t doing him any favors. You really need to get your friend HELP !!! or you will be saying I should have done more… He is in need of Help.. Or you will be saying woulda, coulda, shoulda…

  • Lurking in the backgound says:

    Every time I hear about Brian in the news, it is sad and sometimes just pathetic how he chooses to act and behave in public. Especially since as an elected official whom people voted for and believed in his ideas. I don’t know him personally, or his friends, and I’m definitely not a doctor, but past experiences lead me to believe something is wrong with him. Could be untreated mental illness, drugs, autism, whatever, bottom line is he needs help and being in the public eye is not helping. Mr. Rant, Ben, who I would think cares about Brian in some way b/c every time Brian’s in the news again another rant shows up at the media outlets from Ben defending him. If he really does care for and is concerned about Brian and his well being, nothing will be accomplish with childish actions like pointing fingers, excusing behaviors and defending actions. Most importantly, these rants just keep adding fuel to the fire in the form of more attention being brought to the situation. Unless this stops, the media will continue to follow him, people will keep talking, and the behaviors and actions will continue.

  • REALITY says:

    Mr Berger has been treated as any citizen. Break the law and you are an offender. No special treatment as expected.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …I wouldn’t try to appeal to the “intellectually honest.” You have no frame of reference on this issue.

    Your boy is a friggin’ whacko. He is a psychological train wreck and we now hear more people talking about his apparent substance abuse problems, which would definitely explain his erractic, immature behavior and incessant tardiness. It would also explain his total lack of care regarding his personal appearance.

    You’ve evidently never heard the phrase, “Don’t hitch your wagon to a falling star.” Your attempts at damage control have become increasingly ineffective and weak. YOU know he’s a nutjob, so why insist on defending him and in the process, destroying your own credibility?

  • Christine Burke says:

    Yes Berger has definitely got some issues to say the least! Maybe if he did not have quite so many he wouldnt have a restraining order against him? Now there is a thought. If not for his own actions none of this would have happened at all. He got elected to serve the public and he knew his business would be out there. He is an embarrassment and he made his bed!

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    and posted a similar statement in the comments section of the WWAY article about the incident. Burger is most assuredly receiving “special” treatment to the point that this “favoritism” reeks of “cronyism”. So much so that it makes thee GOP convention look like serious politics. This latest local episode is straight out of the pages of DC Comics.

  • Guest1323 says:

    Berger’s got issues – no one is arguing against that – but is he really a “danger” to society?

    Um yeah! You can see it in his eyes. If he is not removed soon something violent is going to happen in one of the meetings he attends. He will lose it! Just remember I told you so when it happens.

  • Guest228 says:

    After all of this nonsense today, you still find a way to blame the media? You sir are the reason why Mr. Berger acts the way he does. Do you call him up the day before his public events and say “Hey Brian, let’s show up to a board meeting even though we aren’t on the board anymore and cause a ruckus” or I wouldn’t even be surprise that you had him to intentionally miss court today so you guys can blame good ole boys network because they came to his house to get him. When are you bailing your friend out of jail? You are on StarNews blogging instead of bailing him out. Yes, he is a danger because he was supposed to show up for a domestic violence hearing, which he fail to do. The man clearly has some aggressive behavior towards women. With all the issues he is facing lately with his job, house foreclosure and ex girlfriends and now criminal behavior, this guy is a walking time bomb! He needs your help, not your political posts on StarNews if you were really a friend!

  • Will D. says:

    Are the black helicopters circling your house again, Ben. I’m so sick of hearing your conspiracy theories. The man is a danger to himself and others. Now are you going to rant at me then try and bully me the way you do others, you childish Imp.

  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    Ben McCoy is a dumba**. Berger has been accused of domestic violence and tried to kill himself…so yes…he is a danger to society!

  • guesty says:

    You have never seen a sheriff’s deputy go arrest a person for an outstanding warrant? What difference does the model of the vehicle make? He was arrested so handcuffs are appropriate here. Wasn’t the meeting held where his ex-girlfriend works? And you claim he didn’t know that? So you are basically saying because he is a simpleton that can’t grasp basic facts he shouldn’t be arrested.

  • taxpayeriam says:

    There are more things then having the cops running to pick someone up on a no show in a case like this,way is the judge taken this kind of interest in this case could it be because of other people wanting Berger out of office.This looks like over kill to me and hope no other person gets treated in a matter like Berger has from the court system.

  • Guest Lee says:

    Berger disobeyed a judge’s order to appear in court on violation of a domestic violence protection order. If I had done the same thing, they would have come and gotten me too, only I would have been put in the back of a sheriff’s car, not a nice SUV.

    Berger’s gotten too many breaks, just because he’s a county commissioner. It’s about time someone started treating him just like the everyone else who has to go to court.

  • Guest Lee says:

    Mr. McKoy thinks that it’s “unbelieveable” that the sheriff’s office would send a black SUV to get Berger. Would he have felt better if it had been a sheriff’s car? I agree that the sheriff’s car would have been preferable, but does Mr. McKoy not realize that this was done as a courtesy to Mr. Berger? I bet they won’t make that mistake next time, thanks to Mr. McKoy, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts there will be a next time.

    Berger attended a meeting where his EX-girlfriend worked, knowing he had a restraining order for domestic violence against him and that he was ordered not to go near her. Does he think he’s above the law? Did he think that no one would notice or recognize him? That’s total denial right there.

    My husband/wife/daughter/son would never put themselves in a situation where they would have a protection order against them in the first place; but if they did, and they disobeyed that order and went where she worked anyway, I would turn them in myself.

    Berger is a danger to himself, proving that point by cutting his wrists with a razor and threatening suicide in over 144 text messages. He may or may not be a danger to his ex-girlfriend at this very instant, but he certainly has been rather recently. He certainly destroyed her personal property when he pulled her car door mirror off her car. He’s so volatile and explosive that no one knows exactly how dangerous he is at this point. That’s why a mental evaluation has been ordered for him by the judge. He’s certainly a danger to the citizens of New Hanover County when he’s allowed to make major decisions regarding their health and welfare when he’s on the verge of exploding.

    Mr. McKoy, you’re only making things worse. Stop making excuses for Berger and help him face up to the truth. No one wants him as a county commissioner anymore because he’s too unstable. He needs professional help…not excuses.

  • Guest111 says:

    Excellent response!

  • Guest 72 says:

    Good response

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