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ONLY ON 3: New Hanover Co. GOP Chairwoman doesn't want to hear about Berger


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Rhonda Amoroso is getting inundated with e-mail these days. The Chairwoman of the New Hanover County Republicans is hearing from constituents across the county about County Commissioner Brian Berger.

Problem is, according to Vice Chairman Joe Rumsey, she doesn't want to hear about it.

After posting stories online covering Berger's arrest Friday morning and Chairman Jonathan Barfield's reaction, a viewer left this comment online:

Berger's Resignation
Submitted by GOP Gov. Board of NHC (not verified) on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 8:56pm.
If you think Berger should resign. please email the GOP county chair immediately. Rhonda Amoroso, Esq. She will reply to each email.

Both Amoroso and Rumsey e-mailed and called the station numerous times claiming that Amoroso didn't leave the comment and requested that we remove it.

Newsroom managers came to the conclusion that it was very apparent that Amoroso had not left the comment and that because her e-mail address was posted on the state GOP website and that Amoroso herself shares it in a video message on the New Hanover County GOP website, it would be OK to leave up.

We asked Rumsey if Amoroso didn't want to hear from constituents about how they felt about the Berger situation. He said, "No," calling many of the e-mails "vitriolic" and added they were upsetting Amoroso.

He then sent this angry email to the newsroom:

You have allow an entry into your company's domain which has not been approved by the NHCGOP as stated. The poster is not Rhonda Amoroso as indicated. Your company, as the owner of the site, has been asked thru email and telephone conversation to remove the posting.

Your company WWAY TV3 is complicit in a dishonest representation which you have become a party to thru your refusal to correct.

What goes around , comes around.

Joe Rumsey

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