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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners decided to send nominee Melissa Gott back to the county GOP for more vetting after someone complained that she’s not a full time resident of the county. Gott was nominated to take over for Commissioner Ted Davis after he was named to the state senate.

Some are saying this is a last minute smear campaign by some in the Republican Party to keep Gott out of the seat. The New Hanover County GOP nominated Gott to replace Davis Wednesday night.

She and her husband own several houses around the Cape Fear area, but Gott says her primary residence is in New Hanover County. The issues stem from her being registered to vote in New Hanover County and her husband being registered in Brunswick County. She told us that he didn’t get around the changing his registration after they were married. But in telling the commissioners that her husband lives with her in New Hanover County, she alluded to the fact that he’s been voting in Brunswick County for years, which could be considered voter fraud. That fact, some commissioners say, have them concerned.

“I understand that her husband has voted for the last several years in Brunswick County,” Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says. “I’m just trying to rationalize how can two people living in the same household vote in different counties. She’s a friend of mine but at the same time, I’ve got to make sure I’m making a good decision for the citizens of this county.”

“It really caught me off guard that this would be something that I would be challenged on,” Gott says.

Commissioners approved a resolution that requests the GOP to meet with the New Hanover County Board of Elections Director to confirm that Gott is indeed a full-time resident of the county. They’ll present their findings at the next commissioner meeting. But as of Friday night, it appeared that Gott didn’t have a majority of commissioners willing to approve her nomination.

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30 Comments on "‘Smear campaign’ started against Gott to keep her out of Davis’s seat"

2015 years 10 months ago

Are you kidding? Hickey beat Dawson in the primary with very little effort. White spent a tremendous amount of money donated by the very definition of the good ol’ boys club and is very, very, very far right such that independents will likely not support him. The whole argument for not appointing Hickey was because Dawson and White cried that it was “unfair” to their campaigns. Neither of these two candidates had the votes needed to be appointed to the board. How is any of this an attack on the reputation of Ms. Gott?? This is a RESIDENCY issue. And in the Board meeting you speak of, did not Melissa Gott herself say that her husband forgot to change his registration? And should have? Most interesting thing that has come out from all of this is that Gott indicated she owned 20-30 properties in several different NC counties. How can someone like that identify with the average taxpayer?

2015 years 10 months ago

Please tell me you’re joking. Can you elaborate?

2015 years 10 months ago

Thompson was defeated soundly in the primary and now wants Catlin’s two year seat in December. Hickey tried to win the party’s nomination for Davis’s two month seat because he knows he does not have the support to beat White/Barfield/Zapple/Dawson. Hickey was defeated by a “wide margin” by Gott when the executive committee met this week. Gott threw a kink in this plan because she will not play ball with the good ol boys. Apparently, Berger mentioned at today’s commish meeting that it was important for the commissioners to move forward and select an appointee immediately and that there were enough lawyers in politics and that the board should consider a “doctor”. Hickey gets the appointment, gets a boost and wins in November and returns the favor by voting with his boy Berger to appoint Thompson. Sadly, a very strong female’s reputation is being sullied by behind the curtain deals by the ol boys club. Hope she keeps on fighting.

2015 years 10 months ago

Is it really a “smear” if she lives in Brunswick county??? I’m wondering if Gott is really a democrat? I always get suspicious when news organizations start defending Republicans.

2015 years 10 months ago

Sounds to me like these folks will “eat their own”!

Gott, even if you have honorable intentions, why in the hell would you want to be associated with these egocentrics? You’d be on a board where the head cheese calls you a friend yet won’t support you.

Gotta love politics at the lowest level!


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