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Ex-girlfriend Blaylock, Commission chair, ardent supporter react to Berger's arrest

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Brian Berger's now multiple arrests, consistent tardiness and flip-flopping on issues has not helped his cause. We spoke to a few folks, including ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock to get their reaction to Berger's dramatic day.

"When I found out that they had arrested him, I was more relieved, because I was like, 'Well, at least if he's taken into custody he can't hurt himself or do anything stupid,'" Blaylock said.

She says she was not surprised he was late to court, but says she hopes he gets the help he needs.

"I was really happy that the judge stipulated that he needed to get a mental evaluation, because I do think he needs some help, and I don't think he would have done it on his own," Blaylock said.

New Hanover County Commission Chairman Ted Davis says he reached out to Berger last week to discuss how he can regain confidence with voters and fellow board members.

"I said, 'So it's going to take time, but you've got the opportunity to build yourself back up if you just simply do that,' and it's not even a week later, and here we are again with the same type stuff," Davis said.

Ben McCoy, who has been an ardent supporter of Berger, says he believes everyone in a leadership role should be held equally accountable, but feels the way Berger has been treated by the media and law enforcement has been excessive.

"You would not see a front-page picture of Jonathan Barfield or Jason Thompson in leg irons and a green jump suit appearing in front of a judge, and you probably wouldn't even find it buried on page seven in the newspaper," McCoy said. "It would probably be handled completely discretely because they are county commissioners."

Davis says he is very disappointed in Berger's actions Friday and during the time he has spent on the board.

"If Brian cannot straighten himself out and get himself the help that he needs, then he does not need to be a member of this Board of Commissioners, because what good can come out of it?"

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Mr. Berger, with a doubt,

Mr. Berger, with a doubt, has some serious issues. Perhaps the citizens of New Hanover county would be better served if he resigned and focused his attention and efforts at restoring his health. I wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery. That being said, he cannot (or will not) focus of the business of the people.

The judge missed a golden opportunity to get at the truth

He should have ordered an immediate blood test to ascertain Berger's BAC.

Ben...you sir, are an idiot.

“You would not see a front page picture of Jonathan Barfield or Jason Thompson in leg irons and a green jump suit appearing in front of a judge and you probably wouldn't even find it buried on page seven in the newspaper,” said McCoy. “It would probably be handled completely discretely because they are county commissioners.” - Ben McCoy

You would not see that picture because, simply, those gentlemen would probably not have been arrested multiple times, have restraining orders against them, drive with a revoked license, and fail to appear. They probably wouldn't have texted a girl they met through Craig's List...and sent pictures of bloody superficial cuts to win that prize back. OMG, dude!

I would bet that if they HAD done those things, they would likely get similar treatment before the law. Or maybe, with a track record like that, an earlier legal action might have been taken. We'll never know. Whose to say Mr. Berger hasn't gotten the benefit of the doubt up to this point. Violating a restraining order? What normally happens in a case like that? Are most people turned loose to go to their Commissioner's meeting?

I have met Mr. Berger...he seemed like a nice enough person, but I got the impression his pilot light was a little dim after speaking with him.

He is a lost ball in the high weeds, and you've spent more than the alloted time kicking around looking for the lost ball. Move on.

Great Post, DITTO!

Nuff said!

I beg to differ with Mr.

I beg to differ with Mr. McCoy on the point that if it had been Barfield or Thompson that the media wouldn't cover it. I don't know about the other news outlets, but WWAY does report it when Barfield and Thompson do and say stupid stuff. They were all over Barfield when he said that only veterans had a right to question the outrageous expenditure for the Gravely party. They also reported when Thompson when he offered to take Walter Futch outside. They also called him on the carpet when his company stood to gain by the county's refusal to pick up yard debris. So, the media isn't just picking on Mr. Berger.

Mr. Berger has personal issues that are affecting his duties as a commissioner. The public he is supposed to be representing have a right to know what is going on and the news outlets are doing the right thing by reporting it.