GOP leaders speak on Berger censure

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Submitted: Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:08pm
Updated: Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:12pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — He was once a rising star in the New Hanover County Republican Party, but now party leaders say Brian Berger has become a black eye of sorts and are taking steps to distance themselves from the embattled county commissioner.

“Leaders are there to lead, and Brian has shown in the last couple of years that he cannot lead effectively with the personal issues that are impairing him,” said Scott Haynes, chairman of the Lower Cape Fear Young Republicans.

After multiple arrests and repeatedly being late or missing scheduled meetings the New Hanover County Republican Party says the last straw with Brian Berger came when he had a meltdown in front of Governor Pat McCrory.

“We had looked at this about a year ago at one of our executive committee meetings, but it got tabled at that time,” New Hanover Republican Party Chair Rhonda Amoroso said. “I think with what transpired last week in front of our governor it was just time where people have had enough. Brian is responsible for his own actions. People want to like Brian, but he has to get his house in order.”

After a motion by delegate Mike Fitzpatrick at Saturday’s County GOP Convention members voted to censure Berger and distance him from the party.

Haynes said Berger’s actions don’t reflect the rest of the party.

“We have tremendous people in our party, and especially tremendous young Republicans in our party,” Haynes said. “This is an isolated incident with an isolated person who has personal issues that need to be dealt with immediately. Commissioner White is offering help to Mr. Berger, and Mr. Berger should take him up on that offer, step down from his position and let the county go about their business.”

Berger told WWAY on Friday that he will not resign unless the other Republicans on the commission do as well.

He says that his fellow commissioners and party members need to judge him on his political policies and not his personality.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    don’t they normally parade through town?

  • Spence says:

    Come on. Give Scott a break, he is the only one of his buddies who did not get a degree.

  • Hemingway says:

    Given our society’s heightened awareness to public tragedy, approaching the Governor outside of protocol during a public ceremony is delusional. Couple that with trying to feed him a ten page manifesto is insane. Triple that with banging on the windows of his vehicle is an outright MELTDOWN. I am quite confident that the Governor’s security detail reevaluated their escort program post-Berger.

  • jkhollins says:

    “We have ‘tremendous’ people in our party . . .”

    Haynes uses the word “tremendous” twice to describe members of his party. Perhaps he should expand his vocabulary so that he can select a word that is more appropriate–“capable,” for example.

    Haynes goes on to say that Berger had “a meltdown” in front of Goveronor McCrory. “A meltdown” in front of our governor did not occur. A meltdown is when someone has an emotional breakdown. Again, Haynes’ choice of words is careless.

    Berger is probably a little delusional, but I do not believe he is in any way a threat.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    banging on car windows and demanding a meeting is a little bit of a meltdown in my book

  • GuestTroller says:

    The “real leadership” of the NHC GOP are either too corrupt, dense or stupid to speak definitively on the matter of Brian. They are using Scott Haynes in his capacity as a Young Republican leader to “mouthpiece” for them…. If the draw turns up lemons, they throw Scott under the bus. If Scott gets traction you will see Rhonda and the rest of the “leadership” crawling over each other like the rats that they are to take credit.

  • GuestMan. says:

    A lot of people had to have voted for this little tea-bagger or he wouldn’t be on the Commission. This is what happens when just vote against a political party instead of voting for the best qualified person. Now, the people that voted for him are his most vocal critics. A hope all you tea-baggers that voted for him (and I won’t name names but you know who you are) are happy now.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    The dumb Bastard has no political policies. He has not a clue. It is time for citizens to stand up, myself included. Enough.

  • RSimmons says:

    Finally Brian said something that makes sense. He says he will resign if all the other Republicans resign. Great idea! For the good of the county all Republicans on the county commission must resign! And take “God Favor” Barfield with you.

  • OtherGuest says:

    “After a motion by delegate Mike Fitzpatrick at Saturday‚Äôs County GOP Convention members voted to censure Berger and distance him from the party.”

    Censure Mr. Berger specifically for what?

    This comment is directed at WWAY news director and does deserve a response.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    WRAL TV 5 in Raleigh did a report on this embarrassment last night. There has to be a way to get rid of this A__ Hole before he causes more damage to our county and to our reputation!

  • Guest Reply says:

    “This Lunatic, (Berger) is being reported all over the state!”

    And if any of Berger’s allegations about politicians turn out to be true…they will be known all over the state as well…and like Jill…will be tumbling down the hill “after” Jack…HA!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    You might as well face it. He has no other source of income. Unless his habitat has changed, he’s living in a friend’s house on Dock Street, or so it was reported here.

    IN the absence of other career opportunities, you’re stuck with him until the next election.

    On another note, you might mention the Cole Brothers Circus is in town for the Azalea Festival. Maybe they could use a good clown.

  • Vog46 says:

    The circus will be at the airport which is outside city limits

    That means the County Commission WILL have first dibs on clown openings. I was hoping for a city council dominated clown crew.

    We should move this back within city limits


  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Judge him on his political policies? What policies? Berger has no policies nor does he understand anything regarding policies. He is here for self promotion and to see himself on the news or in the paper. A nasal twanging dweeb. A sick, sick little man who needs to be taken to the woodshed. Not pertinent to anything. A liability? To all.

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