Brian Berger voted out of New Hanover Co. Commission


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Submitted: Tue, 05/21/2013 - 3:16am
Updated: Tue, 05/21/2013 - 10:26pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After two years of trials and tribulations, Brian Berger is no longer a New Hanover County Commissioner.

That was the result of a 3-2 vote that some said was overdue, but it may have raised more questions than answers moving forward.

After months of discussion New Hanover County Commissioners successfully used a common law which has not been used since 1935 to remove Berger from office, at least temporarily.

“I wasn’t elected to go along, and that’s caused problems for the last two years, and that upsets people who are accustomed to a process where decisions are made in backrooms and they come out and choreograph how they announce decisions,” Berger said.

Berger was not the only member of the day’s proceedings to question the legality of the hearing. Commissioner Jonathan Barfield made it clear he felt it was an attack on democracy.

“It’s the people of my community that voted this man into office, and it should be their ability to remove him,” Barfield said. “The old saying is that absolute power corrupts, and in my opinion putting that much power in four people’s hands is too much authority and too much power. In my personal opinion, I don’t think it was fair at all. I’m sick to my stomach right now.”

Barfield said he thought the local delegation should have passed a bill allowing a recall election in November.

Prior to the amotion hearing, the county added two pieces of evidence to its case without letting Berger’s attorneys review the material.

Berger’s attorney Chris Anglin called just two witnesses during the hearing: Clerk to the Commission Sheila Schult and citizen Carolyn Bordeaux, who is a friend and supporter of Berger. At one time, Anglin asked Bordeaux if she knew Berger had been diagnosed with autism, to which she said, “Yes.” When asked about Berger’s autism after the hearing, Anglin would not comment.

Anglin said Berger would take the stand in his own defense, but after a break in the hearing, the commissioner did not testify.

Afterward Anglin said the quasi-judicial hearing was illegal.

“The North Carolina Rules of Evidence in a lot of those exhibits would have been not allowed,” Anglin said.” The way the hearing was conducted first of all was one of our concerns. Our second main concern is the inaccuracies of the documents that they produced.”

“It’s unfortunate that county taxpayers have been subjected to this absurd waste of money,” Berger said.

Berger said a lot of what was said during the hearing was “excruciatingly dishonest.”

“I take the work up here very seriously,” Berger said. “More seriously than I take my own well-being.”

At times, the quasi-judicial hearing became confrontational, as Commission Chairman Woody White and Anglin debated legal issues, which the two clearly did not agree on.

At the start of the hearing, Barfield said he was washing his hands of the process. He raised concerns about the board taking the wrong course of action. Later he said he worried that the commission’s decision would draw out in the courts past the Nov. 2014 election, when Berger is up for reelection and cost the county’s taxpayers a lot of money. Barfield, who, as chairman, called for Berger’s resignation in 2011, said the process will come back “to bite the county in the foot and everywhere else.”

Commission Vice Chair Beth Dawson said commissioners came to the hearing without any preconceived judgments. She said her main reason for wanting Berger out was the claims of harassment and concerns for safety and security from county staff. Berger denied he’s ever threatened anyone. She also said she wished Berger had resigned and gotten the help he needed so the county would have five commissioners representing its residents.

Berger said the amotion proceedings were rigged. He went as far as to say his replacement was picked months ago, but he would not say who it is.

“I’m not perfect, but what the board is doing is wrong,” Berger said.

Commissioner Thomas Wolfe says in his experience as a business leader, he would never allow the kind of behavior Berger has displayed to happen in a private corporation. He said regardless of the eventual outcome of the process in the courts, some times you have to stand up and do what’s right.

White said he came to the meeting with an open mind. He said he had hoped he would learn during the hearing that Berger was under the care of a doctor, but he said he did not hear that.

Berger’s supporters say they are not surprised over Monday’s outcome, calling it a Kangaroo Court. During the second half of the meeting they pinned home-made signs to their shirts mocking the process.

“When they make these accusations about him threatening, that’s not true. Brian doesn’t even defend himself,” Annette Justice, a supporter said. “Now who will hire Brian? They have taken away his right to even be a citizen. We don’t do that to our citizens, especially our disabled citizens.”

Berger now has 30 days to file an appeal to New Hanover County Superior Court. In the meantime the Board of Commissioners has decided not to name a replacement.

60 Comments

  • SouthEastNC says:

    The question the poll asked was “Do you think Brian Berger should have been kicked off the New Hanover Co. Commission today?”

    So you’re saying that the people who voted “yes” really meant “sure he should have been kicked off the Commission today, but I feel it was terrible that he was kicked off today.”

    Brian – is that you?

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Remember though, the majority voted for these commissioners, all but Mr. Wolfe. As far as his attorney’s ability or lack thereof, that has yet to be determined.

    There will be no successful lawsuit by Berger.

    Next stop for him is the unemployment line then over to the welfare office.

    With all of the transparency he speaks of, had he disclosed his autism in a prudent manner this may have been somewhat averted. Brian again was tardy in the procurement of his defense. I would like to see documentation as to the autism claim. Berger has claimed so many things that are baseless. The circus has not reached the final act.

  • Vog46 says:

    I will respectfully disagree here.
    Finding an attorney to take on such a case is going to be hard because there is little to no case law history on this subject. If my timeline is correct, they gave Berger 3 weeks and he spent two weeks seeking out counsel.
    As for the reasons for seeking removal
    A- the money. It would appear as though Berger did, in fact, stay at that hotel. Whites case on this evaporated with that disclosure from the hotel staff.
    B – Harassment of county workers. Sorry but the law applies to County employees but does not apply to elected officials. This reason has now been rendered moot.
    C – Ethics. Many of the ethics provisions were being written while Berger’s antics were ongoing.
    D – what we are left with is tardiness. Well that is NOT justification for an amotion hearing IMHO.

    Don’t get me wrong, Berger should not be a County Commissioner, but conversely nor should the County Commission be judge, jury, and executioner either. Because there is no recall law in NC the voters are left wit the electoral time frames for removal.
    Mr White chose to usurp that authority and grossly over stepped his bounds.
    In doing so he demonstrated that this was a matter of political expediency rather than one steeped in “law”.
    Mr White should be subjected to an amotion hearing. Then the GOP members of the board can vote to keep him on, and then all of them can be judged accordingly.
    I sense a very severe voter reaction to this come 2014, and 2016.
    Censure should have been the line in the sand. Mr White crossed it.

    Vog

  • Joseph r123 says:

    I think the key phrasing is reasonably believe. If you watched the hearing, the commissioners proved nothing on the threats

  • Guest00 says:

    The voters should be the only ones to remove him; however, if the other CCs reasonably believe he is a danger to staff, then what other choice do they have than to use every means available to protect those staff?

  • Guestsfndi says:

    He has autism ? Knew something wasn’t quite right with him. Berger will probably sue now that he has a mental disability.

  • Bryan Robinson says:

    BRIAN BERGER FOR MAYOR

  • burgerboy says:

    Them commisioners should be ashamed for pickin on that fella, him’s a good boy and he has the autism and him’s didn’t do nothin!

  • Guest111 says:

    Can’t wait for Barfield to run for president or what ever he is dreaming about so I can vote my NO to him. He’s got a yellow streak down his back and I think he’s afraid of Berger.

  • craig sparkst says:

    darn now that he is gone I will not have anything to follow on my news sights. (quit getting the paper 7-8 years ago). He was fun to follow and see what he would do next. Darn, now what am I supposed to do??LOL!!

  • SouthEastNC says:

    You made the statement that “the ‘people’ sure as hell don’t believe what these commissioners did was proper, correct, legal or fair.”

    I pointed you to a poll which asked “Do you think Brian Berger should have been kicked off the New Hanover Co. Commission today?”

    The vast majority of participants in said poll answered in the affirmative – showing that perhaps your opinion about what “the people” think of today’s proceedings might not be so cut-and-dry.

    Personally, I would’ve rather seen Ted or Rick or Thom introduce re-call legislation. But it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Watching the video of the meeting now in between calls.

  • Letthemresign says:

    I am sick and tired of N.Hanover County Commissioners taking up front page news with their childish rants about Brian Berger. If they had spent half as much time doing what they were elected to do the county would be bringing in new jobs and business instead of watching the jobs go elsewhere. The whole board is a trainwreck. Boo!

  • Guest 211 says:

    THE PEOPLE PUT HIM IN OFFICE, THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES TO GET HIM OUT OF OFFICE. SHOULD NOT BE LEFT UP TO 5 PEOPLE. OF COURSE THE JUDGE IS ON THE COMMISSONERS SIDE. IS THIS PROCEDURE LEAGAL? OF COURSE BERGER CAN’T APPEAL. WHO WOULD HE APPEAL TO IN THIS TOWN?

  • Avoter says:

    I’m a voter. After two years (almost three)..I have serious buyers remorse. I want this guy out of office now! I have now recourse because this state has no recall policy (only 1 of 12). Do I have to put up with the guy for another year or two because the fools in this state can’t put together a basic recall law?

    I have heard some very ignorant reasoning why this can’t be done. Apparently, 38 other states found a way! Watch out Arkansas, we’re gaining on you!

  • Guest1234543 says:

    this is one of the most underhanded dirty deals that have ever been done to the voters, when someone that has been elected get kicks out because he doesn’t fit the good old boys mold at the time, this is dangerous times for the taxpayers and citizens, when a few can overcome the majority.

  • southeastnc says:

    LOUD NOISES!!!!!!

  • Guest46 says:

    You got rid of Berger when you should have left him alone. What ever he said in Chambers could have been overturned by the rest of you. Now you set up the County for a lawsuit because of his autism. If that happens, then the taxpayers will suffer. I think you all will need to step down if that happens. That lawyer will tear you all new butts.

  • Gustafo says:

    How anyone can defend this political abomination is beyond comprehension. He beats his girlfriend, charged with assault, DWI, etc etc. …..and still gets to hold office. and you dim wits get to say that the people should vote him out? Should we have waited to vote Nixon out, or Obama? Politics and religion. Candy for the ignorant masses

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    I have a LOT of questions regarding Mr Berger’s ability to serve the citizens whom ELECTED him to office. However, I have, even more, questions about the legality of this process to remove him. Whereas, I believe that if any other County employee had the same work performance (on or off the clock), that employee would have been terminated, long ago; unfortunately, we don’t hold our, elected, employees to the same standards. It is my, humble, opinion that, since the citizens hired (elected) Mr Beeger, it should have been left to the citizens to fire (not re-elect) him regardless of how much some would consider him an “embarrassment”.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Common Sense says:

    Berger should run for Mayor and get elected just to upset the elitists downtown. LOL

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …just committed political suicide! They’ll be lucky to get a job as a bagboy now.

    The “people” didn’t agree with Bergers performance, but one thing is for sure…the “people sure as hell don’t believe what these commissioners did was proper, correct, legal or fair. It’s blatanty obvious that this commission is made up of greedy, self-serving, scared individuals that lack any sense of integrity OR honor. They are a disgrace to this county and their names will live on as such.

    The “people” will remember this “cowboy roundup” come the next vote and will take “real” and appropriate action to get them out of office. They forget who put them there, but they will remember who takes them out! Can’t wait for the next election!

  • Jimmy says:

    It sounds as if you are part of the group who pushed for Berger’s election. It also sounds as if you are part of the group in New Hanover county who sort of rallied around Curtis Wright. I feel certain that you are part of the group who thinks they speak ” for the people” , when you really only speak for yourself and a handful of folks who like to be loud and confrontational.

  • AnonymousLOL says:

    Brian Berger is about as autistic as a potatoe LOL, he’s using it as an excuse if he really is. Autism or not, that’s no excuse to behave in public office like this. Surely more LULZ will be had @ his expense. LOL

  • SouthEastNC says:

    “the ‘people’ sure as hell don’t believe what these commissioners did was proper, correct, legal or fair.”

    Actually… the poll on the front page of this very website shows that quite a few of ‘the people’ do think Berger deserved to get the boot. 72% of poll participants at the moment.

  • Guestvoter says:

    Way to go county commissioners, You just saddled the taxpayers of New Hanover County with a 7 or 8 figure award because of your impatience for the 2014 election cycle.

  • Vog46 says:

    I agree with Guest O Matic on this one.
    If the poll ad asked:
    “Do you agree with the amotion process being used for the Removal of Brian Berger” I believe the vote would have been closer.
    The county commission clearly over stepped it’s bounds on this one.
    Vog

  • Guest Reply says:

    Now he can return and spill the beans…if’n he has beans to spill on our illustrious leaders. Here’s one:
    1. “Prior to the amotion hearing, the county added two pieces of evidence to its case without letting Berger’s attorneys review the material.” (Unquote)
    Somebody just shoosted themselves in the feets…and we need “60 Minutes” down heeya to vestigate!

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …used is crooked, unfair, robs the power of the voters and just happened to open up one of the largest lawsuits you’ve ever seen NHC be a part of. It’ll come out of your pocket too! Haste makes waste.

    When ousting a public official, you have to do it by the available laws. The cap and ball game doesn’t work and “vigilate lawyering” doesn’t either! You aren’t much of a believer in Constitutional rights are you?

  • SouthEastNC says:

    #boohoo

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    You can “think” and you can “feel” and you can “sounds like” until the fat cows come home. My point is, ejection of a public official must be done by the available process. That process is fully in the hands of the voter and was not followed. The other commissioners were desperate and panicked in their goal to oust Berger, it was totally obvious. All they had to do was simply wait until the 2014 elections. You can’t just go off on some hell-bent tangent to oust a Commissioner using some outdated, possibly illegal process to get your way. This is still America!

    Now Kilroy, YOU watch what the “people” do at this next election! Watch carefully! The “people” didn’t care for Berger. Even more, the “people” detest backdoor, under the table moves like just happened. It really makes people think that maybe…just maybe Berger was on to something with the other cronies! They appear on the same lines as casino monkeys trying to break arms to get their way!

  • SouthEastNC says:

    so far, not impressed at all with Mr. Anglin.

  • Shumado says:

    Well, I’ve never been a big fan of Jonathan Barfield, but he gets points for speaking out. If the other commissioners thought ahead at all they would see that this is going to turn into an un-winnable discrimination lawsuit. (Disablism- discrimination against the disabled, including mental disability). Who would have thought that not showing up for meetings would have such a big payday?

  • Jasper Fant says:

    For the malcontents and Jerry Springer fans who feel disrespected and slighted, simply put Berger on the ballot the next round and elect him. I’m glad the nightmare is over.

  • Timtavenner says:

    It’s about time that the commission finally dumped Mr. Berger
    It’s been a long time coming. Mr. Berger has no one to blame except himself. Not showing up to meetings, showing up late, and disrupting the meetings with off the wall comments that had nothing to do with the matter at hand. Now that he is out I pray that the commission can get back to looking out for the people of the country.
    Now on another matter dealing with Mr. Berger, if he decides to run for office in 2014 and the people put him back in office then they and the country are as crazy as he is. Good luck and let’s all pray that this washes out now.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    That opinion being that most were in favor of Berger being removed. The poll did not ask if the “people” thought the method used was proper or legal, which is my point. Most respondents now do NOT approve of the commissioners method of removal! It was backdoor bullying, unconventional and forceful event to force the man out of the commission the “people” voted him in for. Think about that as you observe the NHC Comissioners waste your tax money, increase your taxes and spend it on crap that does this county no good. There won’t be a damned thing you can do about it! When you witness this type of “just push him out of the way behavior” from your county commissioners, do you really believe they have ANY honor at all, ANY integrity or any sense of community? Hardly so by any sense of the imagination.

    You need to understand and remember one very important fact: The NHC commissioners were voted in to work FOR and answer TO the citizens of this county. WE DO NO work for or answer TO them! I can guarantee you that you will witness some serious changes during the next elections! Honor goes a long way, backdoor politics gets you fired! Look at what happend to Thompson due to his disrespectful, threatening and bullying methodology on the commission!
    No matter how weak you are and no matter how intently you feel that the government is responsible for your well-being and care, the vast majority of hardworking, taxpaying citizens still happen to believe the government reports to the people, not the other way around! This is STILL the U.S.A., not the U.S.S.A.!

  • Guest123123 says:

    I work with many attorneys and this guy is not on his A game.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    This is just another step in the process. If they correctly follow the process, the Commission will present it’s facts as they know them. Mr. Berger has the oportunity to rebut them and present his case.

    Don’t think the case is flowing against Berger. This is a non-judical hearing. Barring a health or family desth issue, a Judge would not allow a delay.

    And note, he is apparently represented by an attorney. Judicial process will be followed.

    This could be more entertaining then the next chapter of “Uncle RC & Froggy”.

    Here’s a question Scott. Is it an open meeting with the media present?

    State tuned for the next phase.

    So they voted to remove him. At this point, big deal. It is frightening the Council and its attorney have not done their homework. The Commissioners do not have the authority to remove him. Plain and simple.

    Once both sides have presented their “evidence”, it goes to a Superior Court Judge who makes the decision to remove or remain.

    Carolyn Justice was asked, during her final term in office, to sponsor a bill in the legislature which would allow a recall process. One would have thought she would as she was not standing for re-election.

    She shied away from that faster than Brer Rabbit avoided the Tar Baby. Not that it would have passed in the House and Senate. No way would those members open a Pandora’s Box which in fact could be used against them.

    Are they that dumb? If they think they removed him from the Council with this meeting, the answer is a resounding Yes.

    Did they even consult with the County’s Attorney or an outside attorney ti get proper guidance? Isn’t that what they are paid for? It’s pretty evident they did not.

    And look how fast Barfield backed away.

  • Mick says:

    They cannot remove this embarrassment soon enough. I voted for this train wreck and am thankful now that amotion can remove my bad judgement.

  • Guest611 says:

    Woody White is not just doing this out of the blue or for power. This is what the voters in NHC have been asking for. We dont have the power to vote him out directly and have to rely on our elected officials. Kudos to him for at least trying. Whether it will work or not is another question.

  • Rick Wilson says:

    It would be nice if Beth Dawson shed her “Whites Pawn” image and voted against this farce. Her vote along with Barfields and Bergers would end this nonsense. It would save the tax payers some money and the county a truck load of embarrassment. If this was to happen, it would also be time to elect a new chairman. I would support Beth Dawson for chairman and Johnathan Barfield for vice chairman. Mr. White could, er, um, well just learn to play nice………………….

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    [quote]
    Do I think he’s fit to be a county commissioner? Nope – but I will vote against him in the next election which is what we’re supposed to do.
    [/quote]

    I think everybody for the most part is tired of Berger’s antics but the system to remove him is already in place just as you spoke of….vote him out. For the duration the council just needs to move forward and not waste further time on Berger. Tend to business. I think it can be done fine with or without Berger.

  • Vog46 says:

    Has over reached on this one. Its our (The voters) responsibility to remove Berger from office, not Woody Whites.
    Brian was in a VIP Section at Gov McCrory’s speech and thats why the State Police did not suspect Brian of being deranged when he climbed up on stage. Brian did not pose a threat to Gov McCrory nor County staff.

    Do I think he’s fit to be a county commissioner? Nope – but I will vote against him in the next election which is what we’re supposed to do.
    The problem now is this – I see this now as a politically motivated attempt by White to stack the Commission. I will therefore vote against Woody, against Dawson and against Wolfe along with my vote against Berger the next time they are on the ballot.
    They are far worse than City Council is right now – but give the Council a chance – I’m sure they’ll screw up something else so as to win the coveted Putrid Politicians award back from the County Commission.

    Vog

  • Guest321 says:

    Vog, i was with you until I heard from a county staff member of some of what he’s been doing and that they were pushing the other commissioners on this, not Woody White forcing this. It will be eye opening when the media reports on the evidence presented against him. I was aghast when I heard about some of it. It really made the guy seem more dangerous than just simple crazy.

  • Chico Especial says:

    I, Chico Especial, am sooo exciting that another would be soo kind as to make believe he was the “Chico”. I am sooo sorry to have led you to believe that how it is, you have spelled it, has a meaning. Only by the spelling “Chico Especial” does it translate into the Inglés as “Special Guy”. Of course only one can be so annoying and sarcastico as to really be the “Chico”. Perhaps, by being the “Chico”, some will become so annoyed that they will really think about the importante things?

    Lunch with the Chico Especial and the cheese (queso fresco?) and the most annoying Mr. Berger would be soo exciting! Of course. it will never be soo exciting as the importante Iron Man or the other importante actors that give our small lives sooo much meaning! Perhaps, as my sooo flattering imitator, you will have the conversation with the Mr. Berger and arrange this sooo annoying luncheon?

    (Also, I do not know of this word “tadah”. Perhaps you could give it to me some meaning?)

  • chico especiale says:

    I, Chico Especiale, hope to have cheese for lunch. Perhaps Mr. Berger would care to join me, Chico Especiale, for lunch?

  • jj says:

    The People voted him in and they should be the only ones to vote him out.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    JJ will go down with the ship. Berger4Life. Keep drinking the kool-aid with Bordeaux and the other crazies.

  • Gate Keeper says:

    Brian Berger is not fit to serve in a sense of what we believe to be the norm. However, removing him should be the voters choice through recall and if we’ve allowed the elected officals in this state “control over the safeguards” of the democratic process then this is what you get, questionable leadership from Mr. Berger. However we now have a travesty of our political system. Woody White, Beth Dawson, Jonathan Barfield and appointee Tom Wolfe are now the Judge, Jury, and Arbitrator. Aside from the fact the Brian Berger is unbalanced, this whole thing goes against the principals of our legal system, which provides for a fair and unbias process of judgement. How is this fair if the same people making the accusations are the same ones passing judgement?

  • No recall says:

    The problem is that there is no re-call process. If there were he would have been out a long time ago. This is something the people that voted for him want. Email address’s had to be removed from websites because other Republican elected officials we’re swamped with emails to remove him. The guy is insane. He needs help.

  • Guest2020 says:

    In defense of Mr. Barfield (which is something new to me) he voted against the other commissioners and has said all along that this is the wrong way to go about this matter.

  • Guest123123 says:

    I think we should start this same process on Wolfe for being just as incompetent as Berger. He recently had to to go to some expensive conference to learn about a law already on the books in NC which allows for the revocation of a drivers license if you use a fake ID to purchase alcohol or gain entrance into an establishment with with a fake ID. My goodness he was Chairman of the newly appointed ABC board.

  • Guest2013 says:

    Berger said it today…

    “I did not attempt to assassinate the Governor with drool”.

    Buh bye, Brian….

  • Guest 7574302 says:

    I watched the live stream and was shocked by the lack of evidence presented by the county. Particularly interesting was that Mr. Berger actually argued his points quite well when questioned by Mr. White.
    Furthermore, Mr. White’s insinuation that autism, which Mr. Berger disclosed he has, is in the same category as schizophrenia and paranoid psychosis displays yet another area in which Mr. White is profoundly ignorant. As the parent of a child with high functioning autism, I am both disappointed and dismayed that that a county leader has such a tremendous lack of knowledge about what the disorder of autism it. With more than 1 in 80 children being diagnosed as on the spectrum, we must ask ourselves if this is how we will treat them. Do I believe Mr. Berger should be a county commissioner? Frankly, no. But I am appalled at the way our commissioners have chosen to marginalize and demean a colleague with a disability. Mr. White, Ms. Dawson, and Mr. Wolf have cast their votes in favor of ignorance, prejudice, and fear.

  • Vog46 says:

    I agree that the evidence seems weak.
    I also agree that Woody White is no psychiatrist and made himself look more foolish by comparing Autism with schizophrenia and paranoid psychosis. That is NOT something you as a politician, or an attorney discuss when you don’t know what you’re talking about.
    Of course since this isn’t a criminal hearing they couldn’t force him to undergo a psych evaluation either.
    Funny thing was I found Berger more lucid and on point than I did White for most of the discussion.

    I am even more convinced now that Woody over stepped on this one (this has nothing to do with whether Brian should be a county commissioner). He came across as rambling and in doing so make this look like a witch hunt.
    If Brian wins and the amotion process cannot be used Woody will be the big loser here.

    Vog

  • Guest2020 says:

    The correct course of action would be to work to get Raleigh to pass a recall procedure, not subvert and undermine the election process. If the commission gets by with this, what is to stop them from kicking out someone who simply disagrees with their point of view? Also, people voicing their opinions through e-mail, doesn’t necessarily reflect the will of the majority, it reflects the opinions of those willing to take the time to express their concerns. The only way to get a true accounting of the will of the people is at the polls.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    no legislature is going to pass legislation which allows a recall of an elected official. That would open each and every one of them to a recall proceedure. They enjoy their positions and power too much to allow that.

    Locally, Carolyn Justice was approached during her final term of office and chose not to pursue a recall measure on behalf of her constituents.

    Should she run for office again, perhaps she will comment as to her rationale.

  • Second that! says:

    Amen to that! Problem is they don’t want to acknowledge the power of the people. Too risky for their own positions. I don’t trust White any further than I could throw my car. He has weasel written all over his smug smile.

  • chico especiale says:

    I, Chico Especiale, am especially impressed with the fact you want to be me, Chico Especiale. When you come to town, look up me, Chico Especiale, and we will have a beverage or 12. Therefor I, Chico Especiale, wish to thank you.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The voters put him in, the voters should be the only ones to take him out. If this commission is allowed to boot him out, what is stopping future commissions from booting out elected officials who simply disagree with them. This is a Pandora’s box that needs to remain closed. If Woody White doesn’t like it, then he should work to have a bill introduced in Raleigh that would allow for some kind of recall election instead of sidestepping the people that put him and Berger into office.

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