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ONLY ON 3: Now Berger's telling fibs; Says all commissioners support him

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One day before the run-off election, New Hanover County Commission Candidate Brian Berger is on the record saying all of the other County Commissioner support him and not incumbent Bill Caster.

This morning on "The Morning Beat with Chad Adams" on The Big Talker FM, Berger said, "All of the other Commissioners, including Jason Thompson and Ted Davis, who are Republican, have been very supportive of me... All the Commissioners feel that I'm more honest and would be more sincere and easier to work with than Mr. Caster, who has been very disingenuous during the whole taxing and spending issues."

Not true say Commissioners Bobby Greer and Ted Davis. Davis says he's not endorsing either candidate and Greer has openly supported Caster.

Last week, Berger accused Caster and his campaign of planting a letter to the editor in the Star News. When we asked Caster about the letter Wednesday, he said he didn't know anything about it. But after we found an email on the county email server from David Benford with the letter attached and encouraging Caster to find someone to sign it and send it to the paper, Caster fessed up and apologized for "misleading" us and blamed it on a busy week.

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A Vote for Caster is a

A Vote for Caster is a Diaster. He would have voted for the property tax, but since he was running for re-election, he got one of his good ole boys (Greer) to take the heat so he could vote against it. Caster, a lot of people know that you and Greer had a plan. It is just another lie.

Just voted for Bill Caster

Go and vote for Caster. Help to keep that PHONY named Berger OUT!!!!

THERE GOES CASTER AGAIN

THERE GOES THE CASTER SPIN MACHINE-AGAIN
WHEN YOU HAVE A DISGRACEFUL RECORD AND A RECORD OF LIES LIKE CASTER -YOU RESORT TO SLEAZE AND TRY TO SMEAR YOUR OPPONENT.WE HAVE SEEN THIS FROM THE FOLKS RUNNING CASTER'S CAMPAIGN BEFORE SO WE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED. BERGER HAD THE GUTS AND WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK OF FACING A CORRUPT STATUS QUO THAT HAS HURT NEW HANOVER COUNTY. CASTER AND HIS CRONIES HAVE RUN A DESPARATE CAMPAIGN---WE CAN HOPE PEOPLE WILL SEE THROUGH THE SPIN-AND SIMPLY LOOK AT THE RECORD. WE NEVER NEW BEING A CONSULTANT WAS A SIN- WE DO KNOW THE CASTER RECORD AND CAMPAIGN IS ONE WE SHOULD ALL REJECT.

People be aware!! Berger is a PHONY!!!

Check him out, do the research. You will find for yourself he is a LIAR and a PHONY!

Berger's commissioner friends are raising your TAXES!

He says he will not raise your taxes yet his supporters on the County Commission did just that. Barfield and Thompson voted yes to more taxes. Berger is all MOUTH!
DO NOT BE DECIEVED by this LIAR!

im for caster

Im for caster.
I have NOT sipped the "kool-aid" as some radical posted below. the only kool-aid thats out there is this radical republican group voting for crooks like Berger.
Im a registered independent voter, and hold a very successful job as political consultant. I know almost everything you can get on a person without being a government official and I have not found anything that would deter me from voting for Caster.
However, after trying to research ANYTHING about Berger, my search didnt come up with much except a few "misleading" occupational facts.
BRIAN BERGER LIES ON HIS RESUME, HE LIES ON THE RADIO, HE LIES IN HIS AD'S, AND HE LIES ON HIS WEBSITE. How could you possibly vote for such a phony politician. Not to mention how many times he has switched affiliation. THAT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST SIGN YOU CANT TRUST BRIAN BERGER!

If you have any type of common sense, you'll vote for Caster today. Please dont be an idiot and vote Berger into office- I cant put into words how TOXIC he would be for OUR county!

You're a poltical consultant like I'm an astronaut

You don't (that's "dont" to you)use an apostrophe when appropriate, but do use it when writing the plural of ad? (It would be ADS, not AD'S)

Your entire post indicates that a far more likely scenario is that you are a nobody who failed English.

(BTW, even if you were a political consultant, how would that in any way raise your credibility? You'd be part of our national problem: Too many consultants, advisors and study groups, but too few politicians who are smart, have common sense and know how to lead.)

Bottom line with politics

To even WANT to run in politics, I honestly think being a crook is a pre-requisite. Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative. CERTAINLY to get higher up into federal politics, you are going to have to make tough choices, compromises and back-room deals to even get elected and then again to stay there. It's part of the game and it's unfortunate, but thats how it works. Sadly this is our country...but hey, it's the best option out there I think.

READ THE ARTICLE-CASTER LIES AGAIN

MUST BE CASTER PLANT-BRIAN STATED HIS VIEW PUBLICALLY-AND IN OPEN---
IN FACT CASTER DECEIEVED AND LIED AND THEN COVERED UP BUT CASTER GOT CAUGHT-THANKFULLY CAMPAIGN IS ENDING AND CASTER LIES WILL BRING HIM DOWN IF NOT NOW IN NOVEMBER

Useful Idiots

You people that actually support Bill Caster are pathetic. You have done absolutely no research - no simple investigation into what lurks just behind the scenes. You have no looked at his campaign contributions. You have not looked at who he supports giving county contracts to. You actually have been drinking the Caster Kool-Aid and think that a vote for Bill Caster is a vote for your best interest. Quit posting your ignorant opinions on here, and do some fact-based research.

Bill Caster has one thing on his agenda - money and power. We have 18 years of public evidence screaming this fact. You cannot point to one thing Bill has done to make your life better. Your government is more expensive and more corrupt thanks to 18 years of this man. That is a FACT.

You have bought the lie. You probably are so disingenuous that you actually talk about being in favor of term limits in your social circles - but when it comes time to put your money where your mouth is so to speak, you re-elect the 18 year incumbent. We all have the power of term limits at the voting booth.

We know Bill Caster. We know that with him in power we have to pay more taxes. We have to put up with his lies and distortions. He's been going around talking about being against forced annexation - but in 18 years, and with two terms as chairman of the board, never has he passed a resolution against it. Thompson easily did this after only a short time in the chairman's seat.

Bill Caster is strongly supported by ultra-liberal insider Bill Saffo. Look at Hanover Realty on Oleander Dr. decorated with Caster signs. For the Caster-bots to talk about Barfield's support of Berger; what's the difference? Saffo, easily as liberal as Barfield supports Caster.

Bill Caster has had his chance. He has made things more expensive, more corrupt, and more contemptible in his 18 years. If you support him yet again - you are voting against your own best interest. No - Brian Berger didn't hang the moon. You come up with the most inane criticisms of Berger as a reason to support 4 more years of corrupted obfuscation.

Give the guy a chance to bring a new perspective. Vote Berger. Try something different. We already have every other local politician as an insider, pro-status quo type. Let's try some balance for once people. 18 years is more than enough.

VOTE BERGER!

Money and Power??

This is the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard. Money & Power at the local level? These guys make what? - like $14K a year to attend meeting after meeting, sit on boards, read through mounds of paperwork that would put Steven Hawkings to sleep, all the while putting up with ignorant locals who don't know their "you know what" from a hole in the ground? Give me a break - it's a tough job and receives no rich reward. Get your facts straight.

GO BERGER

in spite of this misleading headline=berger will prevail. In appeasing caster and establishment- the headline misleads us on fact- berger lacked specificity but did it in public and attacked no one-caster did it undercover- fake letter attacking opponenet with complete lies and then tried to cover up with another lie.it is a shame that in last minute effort to appease establishment the headline fails to reflect very different facts- poor wording by berger-outright deceit and lie by caster. The old boy network hopefully will not be able to buy this election.

caster ran from voters, the truth and debates

THE FACT IS CASTER RAN FROM VOTERS AND REFUSED DEBATES BECAUSE HE DID NOT AND COULD NOT ANSWER FOR HIS SORRY RECORD. THE FACT IS CASTER IS TRYING TO BUY AN ELECTION-THE FACT IS BILL CASTER OUTRIGHT DECEIVED AND LIED TO WWAY ABOUT HIS FAKE ATTACK LETTER ON HIS OPPONENT. WHAT CASTER DID WELL IS LIE--LETS DEFEAT THE BIG LIE-BIG MONEY AND BILL CASTER.

CASTER RAN FROM VOTERS, HIS RECORD AND DEBATES

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT-CASTER AVOIDED DEBATES AND RAN FROM HIS RECORD-BECAUSE HE COULD NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT LIES ON TAXES AND SPENDING-AND ALL THE ISSUES MANY PEOPLE HAVE CITED.
INSTEAD HE AND HIS CRONIES RAN A CAMPAIGN OF ATTACK AND SMEAR--IT IS SAD THAT THESE POLITICAL HACKS RUNNING CASTER CAMPAIGN-HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE AND WILL DO IT AGAIN-UNLESS WE SAY NO TO CASTER. LET'S FOCUS ON THE REAL ISSUES-TAXES, ABC, CAPE FEAR,SPENDING--AND WE SHOULD COME TO CONCLUSION TO REJECT THE SLEAZE AND SEEK A CHANGE- LET US HOPE SO.

Don't forget the fake letter

Don't forget the fake letter that Caster had sent to the media when you vote. Caster, Barfield and Greer all need to step down. They are all liars.

TIME FOR A CHANGE-BRIAN BERGER TODAY

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 HAS SHOWN CONVICTIONS AND COURAGE.
WHEN READING THE STORY,YOU REALIZE THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CASTER AND BERGER, RATHER THAN "ALL" COMMISSIONERS SUPPORT HIM.he should have said "SOME". BERGER'S STATEMENT WAS MADE IN THE OPEN ON RADIO. CASTER LIED OUTRIGHT AND TRIED TO COVER UP A SLEAZY ACT- CASTER HAD A FALSE LETTER ATTACKING HIS OPPONENT DRAFTED -GAVE IT TO A FRIEND AND THEN LIED OUTRIGHT TO WWAY -UNTIL CONFRONTED WITH THE E-MAIL. THESE ARE QUITE DIFFERENT AND WWAY'S HEADLINE IS MISLEADING.

TIME FOR CHANGE TODAY

YOU ARE CORRECT-BRIAN BERGER IS A VERY DECENT YOUNG MAN-AND HAVING HEARD HIS POSITIONS AND HAVING ACTUALLY MET HIM--I FOR ONE WILL REJECT CASTER'S SMEARS--IT IS A SHAME THAT WHEN POLITCOS LIKE CASTER GET DESPARATE AND ARE RUNNING SCARED TO HOLD ONTO POWER-THEY GO FOR SMEARS. NO WONDER MANY PEOPLE DONT WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH POLITICS-WE SHOULD REJECT THE OLD STYLE POLITICS AND GIVE A YOUNG MAN WHO TOOK A TREMENDOUS RISK AND HAS HELD HIS OWN DESPITE BEING OUTSPENT BY CASTER AND THE SPECIAL INTERESTS MONEY CASTER HAS BEEN THROWING ALL OVER THE PLACE. BILL YOU CAN LIE AND SMEAR-BUT NO MATTER WHAT THE VOTE TODAY YOU AND YOUR HACKS ARE LOSERS.

WOW!

Remind me not to go out of town!!! Shame on both for being dishonest. Casters at least does his where the public can see it. But Berger! come on how much of what you say would really pass the smell test. I almost hope he wins... because look out, the next round will be fun to see
what else he hides!

Berger is lying...again

Dear Facts & Guts:
obviously, berger does not have facts because he lied on a very popular radio show. I QUOTE BRIAN BERGER
" I have the support of all the commissioners because I am an honest man."
That exactly what he said on the show, i was listening. He lied, but he still didnt answer the question, no suprise to that because he never gives a straight answer.
Guts- yes, maybe he has guts to run a fourth time and to change his party affiliation again, and again, and again. and maybe he has guts to lie on the radio, and maybe he has guts to distort facts and create more lies about his oppenent just to win.

BERGERS A CREEP. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. HE LIES TO GET HIS WAY and this article proves it.

He is always whining and complaining about what a sleazy campaign caster is running..shut up brian and take a look in the mirrior. He updates his FB page EVERDAY with lies and horrible status's about caster. Nothing about how great a commissioner he would be, or how his past experience has qualified him for the job. He cant talk about it because he has no experience, nothing qualifies him for this job, or apparently any other job in this town because he is un-employed.

THE ONLY THING BERGER IS RUNNING ON IS DISGRACING CASTER. He is the one doing all the mudslinging. If you visit Caster's Facebook page, he just talks about his experience and why he should be re-elected. CASTER HAS NO MUDSLINGING, NO CRUDE COMMENTS- ONLY BERGER!
dont believe me- go check for yourself! its on the internet for everyone to see.
PROOF AGAIN, BERGER IS A LIER!

IM VOTING FOR BILL CASTER BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY QUALIFIED MAN FOR THE JOB. This Berger boy cant and wont get the job done.

you've got to be kidding

Berger came out the day after the runoff was announced and proclaimed to the media that he wanted an issues-based race, and a positive campaign. It was Caster who, desperate to avoid any spotlight on his horrible record; started the mudslinging.

Ever since then, Berger has simply been refuting the lies of Bill Caster. Caster is a liar. His entire platform on his website is a lie - in 18 years, he has worked against all of those things. He is a liar because he intentionally tried to get away with planting a letter to the editor and then lied about it. He's a liar when he says he's against all tax increases - when he has voted for them in the past, and he has always voted to spend tons of money which necessitates the need for more taxes to pay for his agenda.

Berger misspoke - and immediately admitted it. Anyone who doesn't see the difference is on the Caster machine payroll.

Berger

I will gladly vote for Berger.

Big difference-Caster lied

Bill Caster LIED- he tried to plant a letter-and when asked directly by wway -he and bender lied outright. They only changed their story when you quoted their e-mail. Berger was live- he stated what he thought others but Greer had told him-in Caster's own mailers and other ads- he cites support by some other Commissioners- for Berger. It's a shame a misleading headline-doesn't reflect the substantive difference betweeen Caster's outright lie and Berger's lack of preciseness.
It's a shame what polotics has come down to- and the media role--- I still support Berger he had courage to take on special interest monies and Caster, It's about the future here in County and the past record. When we look at past Berger has earned our support.

Berger on the 22nd

It's been a long campaign- and I won't add or repeat earlier comments or caster attacks. The question before us - are we better off with Caster and his past record and tactics- or a person of character and courage who has a better stand on issues. Caster has lied and has used thousands of dollars of special interest monies to try to buy this election-
Both candidates are weary and maybe we can forgive them an occassional slip- but if we look at issues and where they want to take the County- I think Berger is the better choice.

Berger still the better choice

Let's see two commissioners against- two for--so why didn't you point that out. When it comes to honesty and consistency on positions-Brian Berger is head and shoulders a better choice than Caster-- it's not the past-it's the future and Berger is simply better on issues that could impact us the next four years. As for caster- his past is the reason we need change so very badly

ABC - Anyone But Caster

People need to understand that tomorrow isn't about voting FOR anybody. It's about voting Caster OUT!

The man has been a curse to this county for the past eighteen years. I almost fainted when he claimed that he was against tax increases in the trash he sent to my mailbox last week.. Is this a newfound religion, Bill? Since when???!!!???

CFPUA.....the great soccer giveaway.....paying Titan millions when the limestone was enough to get them here....the back-scratching and croneyism.

Please remember - ABC. Anyone but caster.

Say what you want to about Berger, but at least he's not a crooked sleazeball.

Funny

Pretty sure voting to get caster out is the same as voting for anyone. If Hitler were his opponent would you still vote him out? Think about something before you write it down :)

WilmingtonMAJ, we've all read your posts

You wouldn't hesitate to vote for Hitler or even Satan if he was friendly to real estate and development.

Well Jim

Do tell...what industry do you work in? Would you vote for someone who was un-friendly to that industry. Or if retired, would you vote for someone who wanted to raise the retirement age and reduce benefits for social security? I am heavily invested and have made my money through various real estate ventures here and in several other places...that is how I make my living and thats who I vote for!

Then why lecture her?

She might or might not hate Caster enough to vote for Hitler, but you freely admit that you'd vote for him if he was friendly to real estate.

So it would be logical..

to think that as you vote per your conscience and what benefits you the most others will do the same based on their situation? That is what voting is all about! Get out there... vote.

Simply put I am not happy with the status quo on any level government currently...... some are and will vote accordingly. Others are not and they will vote accordingly as well.