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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Republicans Bill Caster and Brian Berger will face off in a run-off for New Hanover County Commission June 22. Tomorrow the two candidates will face off in a debate.

The Volunteer Older Citizens Action League (VOCAL) is sponsoring the debate at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. It's from 10 a.m. till noon and is open to the public.

WWAY political reporter Kevin Wuzzardo will moderate the forum, which will also include questions from the audience.

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CASTER HAS NOT ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS

There are many good reasons to vote for Brian Berger-Recently, a Caster crony posted some questions which misstated the record-but really that should not be a surprise-Caster has deceived us so many times on so many issues.
The questions Bill never answered are the following_
(1) Why does Bill Caster take so much money from special interests that do business with the County?
(2) Why has he voted for tax increases and reckless spending over his many many years in office?
(3) Where was Caster when there was waste and corruption at ABC
(4) Why did Caster participate in a slimy process and sweetheart deal with Titan- we see BP in the Gulf -do we want that here.
Caster does not have a good answer to explain his incompetence and duplicity on the issues.
Proud Republicans believe Brian Berger is right on the issues and a better choice for all the voters in November.WE CAN TAKE OUR County back by saying no to caster, and caster's monies from special interests and ---yes to change with Brian Berger.

Berger has NOT answered the questions!

This is in response to the writer who said Berger has answered the questions? He has?? Where, When, To Whom, and What were his answers? You dont know because he hasnt! He hasnt answered the questions and you cant either because you dont know the answers as well.
I wrote an email to the Berger campaign over a week ago- and on his website he proudly says everyone will get a response in 24 hours or less. I wrote with an open mind to him and sincerely just wanted to know a little more about him. I never recieved a response. He hasnt even been elected and he cant even now follow through with his promises.
I wrote an email to Caster the same day with harsher questions and much more doubt in my mind. I recieved a reply email, from caster himself, in 3 hours. Along with his reply was his home address and cell phone number incase i had any more questions.
IM VOTING FOR CASTER because he has shown me he is going to be there for the people, no matter what we have questions about- he will answer them. Im VOTING FOR CASTER because his record, which is available for everyone to see, shows that he truely is a conservative republican, despite what the Berger campaign has been lieing about. If you dont believe me, just google it and you can see for yourself. IM VOTING FOR CASTER because he's the better candidate at the end of the day. I know it, the Star News knows it, and most republicans do to.

Stop submitting comments Berger!

Its painfully obvious that Brian Berger is the same person writing these comments! Look at his campaign messages and look at the comments- they all say the same thing and they all have his same catch phrases in them.
Its also painful & tragic that a man running for a public office resorts to internet sites to bring down his opponent.
Stop playing behind other bogus names on this site and just be real Berger...isnt that who you claim to be anyway? But you also claim to be a Republican and are endorsed by Democrat Jonathan Barfeild who is the ringleader in raising taxes. you also say you wont raise taxes but we have no way to trust you because you flip-flop back and forth continuously- thats obvious in your party affiliation. If thats the only thing we, the voters, have to go on then Im voting for Bill Caster!

No more caster-to reduce our bils

There are many good reasons to vote for Brian Berger-see his website or come hear him for many of the answers. Recently, a Caster crony posted some questions which misstated the facts and the record-but really that should not be a surprise-Caster has deceived us so many times.
My questions are the following_
(1) Why does Bill Caster take so much money from special interests that do business with the County?
(2) Why has he voted for tax increases and reckless spending over his many many years in office?
(3) Where was Caster when there was waste and corruption at ABC
(4) Why did Caster participate in a slimy process and sweetheart deal with Titan- we see BP in the Gulf -do we want that here?
(5) While Bill and his cronies have been doing and saing anything to keep his job-what about the jobs the County has lost and will not get because caster was so concerned with his job and special deals for special interests that he failed to entice new jobs here.
Caster does not have a good answer to explain his incompetence and duplicity on the issues.
Proud Republicans believe Brian Berger is right on the issues and a better choice for all the voters in November. Now we have Caster and his CORRUPT politics of the past and sleazy campaign ads-but folks we need only look at his record. BERger is a much better choice- not perfect but head and shoulders better on issues and not in bed with special interests like Caster. WE CAN TAKE OUR County back by saying no to caster and his record and sleaze and yes to change with brian berger

TIME FOR BETTER-TIME FOR CHANGE

HAVING LISTENED TO BOTH CANDIDATES THERE IS NO LONGER ANY QUESTION IN MIND THAT I WILL VOTE FOR CHANGE AND FOR BRIAN BERGER. BERGER IS BETTER ON THE ISSUES AND HE WILL BE A BETTER CANDIDATE. CASTER IS VERY DISAPPOINTING WHEN I LOOK AT HIS RECORD--OLD STYLE POLITICO-AND AS MANY OTHERS HAVE NOTED SLEAZY AND MAKING TOO MANY DEALS WITH TOO MANY SPECIAL INTERESTS. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT GOVERNMENT IN THE COUNTY-IN THIS RUN OFF SEND A MESSAGE-NO MORE CASTER LIES-A BETTER CHOICE FOR ALL IS BRIAN BERGER

Bill Caster- The Perfect Storm and the Gipper

Ronald Reagan had a great line in his debate with Jimmy Carter- "there you go again".
I think of Jimmy Carter every time I see or hear Bill Caster--both men lack competence and displayed poor judgement.
(1) Are we better off now than we were four years ago when we were last lied to by Caster.He lied then and he is misleading us again.
(2) How much money has Caster taken in his many many campaigns from special interests that do business with our County? He is trying to buy this run off and election with special interest money.
(3) Why has Bill Caster lied to us about raising taxes and out of control spending? Brian Berger is far better on this issue. Bill Caster questioning anyone's Republican credentials is like Bill Clinton telling us what makes a good husband.
(4) Why did Bill Caster vote for a public opinion survey using taxpayer money in March 2010 that would be helpful to him if he chose to run again?
(5) Why did Bill Caster make secretive and sweetheart deals with Titan--just look at the Gulf of Mexico and BP- is that what we want here?
(6) Why did Bill Caster fail so miserably in preventing a 10 million dollar accounting error on his watch -that hurt the County and all of us- Republican, Democrats and others.

Republicans know Brian Berger is RIGHT on the issues and a better candidate. With Bill Caster -all we get is arrogance-no answer or misleading answers to these questions and a burden that should and will drag Republcians down in November.
Bill is now running false ads with his special interest money-trying the Caster way of trying to buy an election.
We can do better than Caster- with your help on the 22nd we will by supporting a better candidate-Brian Berger

Answer the questions Brian, answer the questions!

Answer the questions Brian, answer the questions!

QUESTION 1- What does he do for a living?
QUESTION 2- Where is he from?
QUESTION 3- What type of experience does he
have to manage a multi-million
dollar budget? And for who?
QUESTION 4- What level of education does he have? Where? When?

Answer the questions Brian, answer the questions!

Caster is terrible

People are tired of all the wheeling and dealing and cronyism around here.

Vote every last one of them out.

Caster is no joke--he is sad choice

Frankly, I don't see much comical about the comments below. The Caster hack who wrote the comment probably wrote his ads--we should take in stride Bill Caster's lies and sleaze-Caster has done it for years. I think people want a change-Bill Caster has been wrong on many issues and, as many of the earlier comments reflect, his poor judgment, incompetent management and questionable acts-reflect poor performance. BRIAN Berger is young and he has some things to learn-but on every issue that concerns most of the voters-Republicans and others, he undertsands the issue and presents a better perspective than Caster. Brian is a better candidate and a better choice on the issues. When we reflect on Caster's failure as a leader and politico -it brings to mind Jimmy Carter-we can"t afford 4 more years with Caster
That's probably why Brian is running and why Caster's effort to use special interest money to distort issues and buy this election will fail. Republicans aren't confused-there mad along with other voters at Bill Caster for lying over many years and for his poor performance .

These comments are comical.

These comments are comical. All of these comments are in support of electing Berger but give no specifics reasons why they are voting FOR Berger, just why they are voting against caster. How can you say its a breath of "fresh" air when you DONT know ANYTHING ABOUT BRIAN BERGER! Such as the following:
QUESTION 1- What does he do for a living?
QUESTION 2- Where is he from?
QUESTION 3- What type of experience does he
have to manage a multi-million
dollar budget?
QUESTION 4- Why is he running for commissioner
if his main focus is bettering the
school system? Thats the school
boards job, not commissioner.
QUESTION 5- WHAT is he? He has run 3 times
as a libraltarian & lost, he is now
running as a republican, but is
endorsed mainly by democrats.
Confused? Yeah, so are most republicans!

Why is Brain Berger running? He has NO experience on any type of committee run organization, no job, & no real party affiliation.

Caster is desparate

These questions have been answered. Republicans and others aren't asking those questions they are asking these questions-
(1) Why does Caster take so much money from special interests that do business with the County?
(2) Where was Caster when the County discovered a ten million dollar accounting mistake on his watch-costing us all because of Caster mismanagment.On your question about the Budget-any one could do a better job than Caster. Berger's practical views are OK with most Republicans.
(3) Why has Bill Caster supported most tax increases and voted for out of control spending? Even Republicans can not defend his sorry spend and tax habits.
(4) Why did Bill Caster participate in a secretive process and sweetheart deal with Titan. We see pictures from the Gulf and the special deal BP got- do we want to tolerate the same from Caster and Titan?
(5) Bill Caster will do and say anything to keep his job-what bothers proud Republicans are the jobs we have lost and the jobs we have not brought here because Caster and his cronies are concerned with their pockets-not ours.
Brian Berger and Bill Caster disagree on many issues- and if we focus on those differences you would realize why proud Republicans know we need a change and a better direction. Brain Berger is a better candidate and will offer a better choice to Republcians, non-affiliated voters and even Democrats in November. We can not, will not and should not win with a candidate who has failed and performed as poorly as Bill Caster. We have a better choice for all voters if we give the voters a better candidate-like Brian Berger.

More Caster Deception-nothing comical about his record!!

I want to note the earlier comment by the individual who commented upon Mrs. Castor's singualar lack of grace during the debate yesterday. There is nothing comical about Caster's arrogance, broken campaign promises and mismanagment and incompetence with the budget, ABC , Titan and so many other issues. You ask why Berger is running -- It is Caster's sorry record, special deals for special interests and incompetence. Yes-as I recall, Berger ran once before as a republican and once as a libertarian- but at least he has been consistent on the issues unlike Caster. Caster deserves to go-so I say thank you to anyone not intimadated by his political hacks and willing to stand up to him.
You seek to confuse issues reflecting the desparation of Bill caster and his band of political cronies. You can't deal with the facts so you run a dirty campaign like Harry Reid. Caster and John EDWARDS BOTH HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE TRUTH -you wont mislead the voters and proud republicans. Berger has answered your questions-but rather than address Casters' special deals for special interests, his mismanagement leading to corruption and waste at ABC and other issues-you seek to deflect attention from what concerns many Republicans- we can not, will not and do not deserve to win with Caster and his pathetic record. Republicans, Democrats and Independents want change from Caster's kind of politics--and Brian Berger if he keeps his campaign promises might be the right kind of change. Republicans and others know Bill CASTER HAS THE COMPETENCE OF JIMMY CARTER AND ALL THE GRACE OF RICHARD NIXON--WE HAVE TO DO BETTER AND WHILE YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE FACTS- BRIAN BERGER BASED ON HIS POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES WOULD BE A BETTER CHOICE AND A FRESH DIRECTION. WE DESERVE TO LOSE WITH CASTER-MAYBE WE HAVE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR THE VOTERS WITH BERGER.

I think you miss their point

It's not that Berger is wonderful, it's that they believe Caster is SOOOOOO corrupt and irresponsible, many people will vote for anyone to get Caster out of office.

Great questions....How about answering???

QUESTION 1- What does he do for a living?
QUESTION 2- Where is he from?
QUESTION 3- What type of experience does he
have to manage a multi-million
dollar budget?
QUESTION 4- What level of education does he have? where? when?

Can someone give an honest answer on these, and not generalities? How about naming where he works, not the "consultatnt" answer, be specific. Who are his clients? Who were the non-profits he worked with?

Go to his web site... Hummm... not speck of information on any of these....Why.... what is he hiding??? If you attack this post do it with an answer to these, if you can't, don't comment

Answer the questions Brian - don't dodge as usual!!!

There you go again-more Caster duplicity

Ronald Reagan had a great line in his debate with Jimmy Carter- there you ago again. I think of Jimmy Carter every time I see or hear Bill Caster--both men lacked competence and did poorly in serving the public.
Brian Berger has answered the questions this comment raises. What this caster crony does not ask are the following:
(1) Are we better off now than we were four years ago when we were last lied to by Caster.
(2) How much money has Caster taken in his campaigns from special interests that do business with our County?
(3) Why has Bill Caster lied to us about raising taxes and out of control spending? Brian Berger is far better on this issue.
(4) Why did Bill Caster vote for a public opinion survey with taxpAYER MONEY in March 2010 that would be helpful to him if he chose to run again?
(5) Why did Bill Caster make secretive and sweetheart deals with Titan--just look at the Gulf of Mexico and BP- is that what we want here?
(6) Why did Bill Caster fail so miserably in preventing a 10 million dollar accounting error on his watch -that hurt the County.
My friends there may be questions that need to be answered but let's hear from Bill Caster.
Republicans Know that Brian Berger is right on the issues and will attract Republicans, Independents and even Democrats, who respect his consistency and view on the issues. With Bill Caster -all we get is arrogance-no answer to these questions and a burden that should and will drag Republcians down in November. Having a Caster supporter question Berger is like having Bill Clinton lecture us on morality--if it wasn't so sad it would be laughable.

Idiots that Can't Spell

Answer 1: You are Not too bright.
Answer 2: You have No Interest in the Answers to your ridiculous questions.
Answer 3: You are either extremely uninformed and ignorant, or are a Hack of Caster.

Why don't you go to Berger's Web site and find your answers, read a newspaper, or attend events where your questions have been addressed.

Answer: Because you do not care. You are a Caster Hack, probably his paid campaign manager, a sleazeball who pulled the same crap against Thom Goolsby.

Brian Berger has experience in business, public policy, and has been involved locally for years, intelligently advocating for taxpayers who have no voice in our local government.

That's why people like and respect him...except greedy RINOs and DINOs with no morals and no principles except greed. That's a sin, something you probably know lots about. You clearly no nothing about politics and have nothing intelligent or informed to offer...just like Caster.

And just like Caster, who's attacks on Berger are disgusting and intended to lie to the public, so is your post. Berger has integrity, and that alone makes him better qualified than Bill to be a public servant. "Integrity" - its a word, go look it up, because you obviously have no idea what it means and have none of it yourself!

Answer the questions Brian, answer the questions!

Answer the questions Brian, answer the questions!

QUESTION 1- What does he do for a living?
QUESTION 2- Where is he from?
QUESTION 3- What type of experience does he
have to manage a multi-million
dollar budget? And for who?
QUESTION 4- What level of education does he have? Where? When?

Answer the questions Brian, answer the questions!

Maybe WWAY should be asking these...

Berger Clearly Best Candidate

After watching the debate, it was clear that Brian Berger is the more honorable, conservative, yet sensible enough to appeal to even Democrats, of the candidates.

As a lifelong Republican, Berger has my vote. Caster and his ilk need to go, they are sleazy, greedy and unprincipled, and Berger put Caster in his place by doing what Berger does best: standing up for common sense American principles of limited government, low taxes and "government serving 'the people,' not the other way around."

Berger is a breath of fresh air in a Republican Party that is without principle, or direction, torn between conservatives and corrupt special interests. Caster represents the latter, he doesn't have a conservative bone in his body. He is owned by special interests like Titan.

Vote for Brian Berger right now at the government center if you are an Republican or an Independent.

Berger is exactly what we need in New Hanover County government. That was clear today in the debate. He was head and shoulders above Caster in every way!

Republican Crossroads-go with Berger

We have a choice vote for Brian Berger and a better direction or stick with the arrogant and dishonest Bill Caster. Listening to an ad I was reminded of how many times Caster has lied to us and bought elections with money from the special interests he has served so well. As a Republican- I will vote for for change--and if I dont get it, I will vote Democratic in the Fall. It is disappointing to see this effort by Castor and some in the Republican establishment to seek to protect themselves at the expense of the rest us. We simply should not support and we can not afford candidates like CASTER- if we have any chance in November we need some honest and dedicated candidates like Berger

Caster the Master of deception

Why is it that latest sewer spill brings Bill Caster to mind. He set up the Agency that is responsible-and he has had his hands on controls for years. Bill is a typical lying poltico-just look at his contributors over the years- developers and others who profit-as our County goes backward. We moaned about being mislead about taxes and spending--we can change that and take back our County by voting for Brian Berger on June 22 and in November. It is our choice -Caster the master of deception and his arrogance or Brian Berger- a better leader for our future, It is our choice- let Caster and the special interests BUY this election- or throw them out and vote for Brian - new ideas and he will protect our pockets and not the special interests-let's be honest Caster has not and will not.

Early voting once again

I have already voted for Brian Berger. Take advantage of early voting while out . Berger appears to be the best choice in this runoff.

Hmm..

I wouldn't care if HITLER was running against Caster..I'd vote for him to get Caster OUT....ALL incumbents MUST GO and sometimes you have to vote someone in you don't like to get into a new direction...

June 22- Vote Brian

Brian Berger is a fine person and will offer all of us a better leader on the NHC Commission. We need to look at what we do and how we do it. We need a person who cares about all the people not just special interests. Brian can appeal to more voters than Bill Caster- who is a shining example of the need for term limits.
Vote for Brian on the 22nd

BUILD NEW HANOVER-SUPPORT BRIAN BERGER

Brian Berger will get my vote on June 22nd-and in November if he wins. In this primary- we have a choice- a new direction and a fresh approach with Brian or more of the same with Bill. We need to build a better future in our County- Brian will be a new leader with new ideas and a willingness, as another person commented, to take a fresh look at what we do and how we do it in the County. Somewhere along the way Caster became more concerned with protecting special interests and his own-while forgetting to protect our pocketbooks. We need only look at taxes and out of control spending and Titan and other examples. Bill has failed on his watch-its his actions more than his words that concern us all. We can begin to build a better County by turning out to reject more of the same with caster- and supporting Brian Berger. I think Reublicans offer a better vision here in the County and in our Nation but we must give the voters better choices. Brian Berger has earned our support with his consistent advocacy of issues that can help our County and win in Novemeber.

The choice is obvious

Berger may sound like Arnold Horshak with a head cold, but he's preferable to a man who CLAIMS to be a conservative while spending your money like a drunken sailor. Investigate any of the problems this county faces in 2010 and you will find Bill Caster played a key role in creating that problem.

ABC - Anyone But Caster. It really IS that simple.

Elect Brian Berger

Frankly, I think Brian is an Ok speaker-and I dont agree with your comment about the welcome back kotter character. But, like the character you mention-Brian cares about all the people not just the special interests who are trying to buy this election for and with Caster. Simply put, this isn't about liberal or conservative-it is about a better Republican Party and a better chance to beat the Dems in November. Brian has earned our support with his consistency and courage on issues-and his willingness to take a fresh look at how the County does business, I agree , anybody but Caster-but there are many reasons for old and young, liberal or conservative to vote for Brian Berger.