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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The following email was sent from New Hanover Commissioner Woody White to County Manager Chris Coudriet and others requesting an investigation into robo-calls sent election eve and election day apparently by Commissioner Brian Berger:


It appears that the county acted quickly to determine that these calls did not originate from the county system, and so informed the media and the citizens. However, by inference one – or both – of the following events occurred:

1. Either an election rule was violated which is actionable against the party who did this, or:

2. A law was violated in which case the party who did this should be prosecuted in a criminal court.

The integrity of our election process is sacred. Those that tamper with it should not be allowed to do so without severe consequences.

The rules that govern robo calls are clear and unambiguous and are meant to disallow this type of fraudulent and confusing action. The vendors who place these calls have records of the purchaser as do the phone companies. An investigation should be easy and quick, and be done as soon as possible.

As a County Government and Elections Board, it is imperative that we do whatever is necessary to determine the culprit and take action against them. Ignoring this is not an option. If the State Board has jurisdiction over this matter, then I support taking whatever action we must to forward this to them immediately.

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  • 1492

    Do yourself a favor and unload your invisible weapon before you hurt yourself.

    While I am no fan of Woody White, I respectfully submit that you’re full of undigested inedible waste. Even a fifth grader knows that neither the SBI nor the FBI will ever initiate an investigation into local politics just to see if some unspecific something might be occurring.

    If it wasn’t for the 4:05pm time stamp, instead of something like 4:05am, I would guess that you are actually Berger. Then again, maybe you are Berger and you’re just running 12 hours late.

  • straight shooter

    If Whites friends aT the board of Elections decide to investigate robocalls we- will be asking BOTH sbi and the fbi to investigate the conduct of Weasel Woody and skippy watkins and some of the the other political thugs in the NHC GOP who over many years have tried to run things there way here in NHC- we think there way is the wrong way- and it wont be tolerated- so we will finish what they may start!

  • Truthseeker

    My question is why would woody be so angry by Berger asking people to vote for him? Secondly he won this county’s vote totals maybe he should thank Berger or McFadden or whomever.Thirdly woody shouldn’t be allowed to use tax payers resources IE:county manager etc.Their should be an investigation called on woody for wasting resources much like if you call 911 and theirs no emergency (many times)!

  • burgerboy

    Well that old libber trash bag woodsy white done spent thousands and thousands of tax payer moneys on trying and failing to bully and harass and kick out old brian burger so now he can wee wee away some more tax payer money on investigating this junk which was prolly the work of some dingbat involved in one of their campagain’s with too much time on there hands so there you see that peeing citizens honest tax dollars away on stupid junk is nothing new for this old libber freak, he ought to go back where from he came in my opinion so we don’t have to look at his old self on TV anymore and go live in a hole in the ground or a DUMPSTER where the trash bag belongs!!! :D

  • Rick Wilson

    Woody White…….how about coming clean about the questionable campaign contributions you received before throwing stones at anyone else. You had more than a few $5,000.00 donations from “homemakers” when you ran for county commissioner. How about a public forum listing each contribution and the person/company that made the donation to verify?

    If “Sore Loser Inc.” needs a new President……..You are uniquely qualified for that position.

  • DT-mike

    Woody, dude. You just got clowned by a kid who rode the short bus. You don’t want any attention on this.

    In high school this is where the geek who got beat up at a party just leaves. So woody just leave. Nothing else to be done man

  • 9743

    You lost Woody so get over it and stop whining….you were going to lose even if those robo-calls hadn’t been made so don’t try to make anybody think you might have had a chance to win if wasn’t for those calls because you wouldn’t have. I know you’re embarrassed and hurt after all the ranting and raving on your TV ads but give it up man and stop blaming Brian Berger for your shortcomings.

  • Shamu

    Berger himself is the only possible victim and therefore he is the only person who can ask to investigate that. Sorry you lost Woody but your robocalls and ads were just as offensive to the truth as this robocall was…a laugh was had by all but that is about all you can do about it.

  • Guest me

    Brian is most definitely not the victim here. If I got a phone call from Brian saying to vote for Woody as I would vote for him and that would show me that Woody was buddies with Brian therefore I wouldn’t vote for Woody. Luckily I know that this was a hoax and it didn’t affect my voting. That’s not to say it couldn’t have affected others. Whatever you may think of woody white he is in the right here. someone did wrong and he has a right to find out what happened.

  • SurfCityTom

    County Council.

    Barfield won’t touch this as he is in an election campaign.

    Berger won’t vote for it unless he thinks it’s a vote to get him 2015 employment.

    That leaves 2 other members beside Woodrow.

    Normally politicians steer clear of election law issues as they don’t want to draw attention to their campaigns, past or future.

    It only takes 1 of those 2 to say no for this endeavour to become null and void if it does in fact require a vote by the council.

    One would think the County Manager and Council have enough on their plates to deal with that is relevant. This is not.

    Must be tough to be a Politician with a deflated ego.

    Woody, Rouzer beat you soundly. Why not focus on relevant County business?

  • Barry

    Tom, I believe this will be up to the board of elections both locally and on the state level. Also I believe it was stated that the calls had been set up through Berger’s cell number

    Quite frankly I would not want Berger endorsing me for anything, nothing. This sounds like a set up by perhaps a couple of Berger Groupies to afford some embarrassment to a couple of candidates ie. White and Lee and to purvey County involvement by the use of Berger’s number. It should be looked into.

  • 10101

    As long as he personally foots the bill for any and all costs involved, unlike that stupid costly amotion process NHC taxpayers wasted money on, who cares?

    Yo Woody: Don’t even think of wasting even one dime of taxpayer money on it!

  • Old Guy

    Hey Woody why don’t you take your loss with dignity. You have wasted enough of our taxpayer money on your wild goose chases. You are the poorest excuse for a government official. You need to resign. Whats the big deal even if Brian had made the calls he was endorsing you anyway. You wouldn’t have done the same thing sore loser!

  • Guest2020

    Brian is leaving soon, so just let it be. There are more useful ways to spend taxpayer money.

  • jpaul2

    Let’s see Weasel Woody White talking about integrity- is a bit like John Edwards’ lecturing us on being a loyal husband. Weasel White’s political tactics reek of a vileness and visciousness far beyond anything in these robocalls. Lets’ investigate (and we will) Woody’s sleaze tactics against his political foes as well. Has White breached ethical or legal standards by his public comments, actions and other attempts to smear opponents during campaigns or while in a public office?
    Woody look in a mirror before you have the audacity to question anyone else on ethics.

  • SurfCityTom

    thanks for the input. I believe the county coucil members and manager have a pretty full plate. Barfield likely will be an absentee member as he conducts his campaign.

    You’re correct, it’s likely a Board of Elections matter.

  • Rick Wilson

    You received a call from someone claiming to be Brian Berger…….I received the same call and ignored it because I do not think it was Brian……..I will still not be surprised if the person calling for the investigation (Woody White) was behind the phone calls.


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