ONLY ON 3: We uncover email that proves Caster campaign not truthful about letter to editor
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wednesday, we told you about a letter to the editor published Wednesday in the StarNews that criticized New Hanover County Commission candidate Brian Berger for being a former Libertarian. The letter was signed by Phyllis S. Smith.

Berger accused incumbent Bill Caster of having campaign volunteer David Benford plant the letter in the paper. Tricia Vance, who's on the StarNews's editorial page staff, said she spoke with Smith herself and verified her signature on the letter. Benford said he did not write the letter, nor is he a paid consultant, but only a volunteer. Caster confirmed Smith is a friend of his.

Today, we found an e-mail on the county government e-mail server dated June 8 from Benford to Caster with the letter attached. In it, Benford says, "Please find someone to send attached letter to editor in to the StarNews. The directions for doing so are printed in the paper."

The letter attached is almost word-for-word the same as the one printed in the paper Wednesday and signed by Smith.

We're continuing to work on this story and will have more for you later in the afternoon.

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BERGER HAS COURAGE AND CONVICTIONS OF BELIEF-caster has a record of poor judgment and mismanagement. Berger doesn't have monies from special interests - but caster is the one bought and paid for with monies from groups doing business with County and caster is spending many thousands on false negative ads and mailers and that phoney caster phone scam.-I thought integrity mattered-
Berger has it- Caster shed it a long time ago-just look at his record and the fortune he is spending and from who--during this run off.
Many of us have complained about Caster and his arrogance and ways of intimadating people-
BERGER HAD THE COURAGE TO MEET HIM HEAD ON-BERGER DESERVES OUR SUPPORT AND VOTE

I AGREE WITH EARLIER COMMENT ON BRIAN BERGER'S COURAGE AND CONVICTION.LATEST CONTROVERSY INVOLVES A QUOTE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT-NOT A COVER UP AND LIE LIKE CASTER.
ANYWAY-BRIAN BERGER HAS BETTER POSITIONS-AND I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF CASTER. IF YOU WANT FIBS-JUST READ CASTER MAILERS AND ADS.

WHEN WE LOOK AT ISSUES
BERGER AGAINST TITAN -CASTER FOR SPECIAL DEAL,
BERGER AGAINST HIGHER TAXES-CASTER HAS VOTED FOR THEM-
BERGER A GOOD MANAGER WITH CHARACTER-
CASTER TOLERATED MISMANAGEMENT AND WORSE AT ABC AND CAPE FEAR
THE STAR NEWS ADMITS CASTER FOOLED THEM-
DON'T LET CASTER FOOL US
BRIAN BERGER IS A MUCH BETTER CANDIDATE
BY THE WAY A RECENT CASTER CRONY CALLED HIM A WIMP-SEE BELOW--FUNNY THING I CALL HIM GUTSY AND COURAGEOUS- A LOT OF US TALK ABOUT CASTER'S ARROGANCE AND POOR JUDGEMENT-
BRIAN BERGER HAD THE GUTS TO TAKE HIM ON-HE HAS EARNED OUR RESPECT AND HE SHOULD GET OUR VOTES TOMORROW.

Just a WHIMP!!!!

First of all, I think "Wimp" is the term you were searching for.

Secondly, Caster has a record and it's ain't a pretty one.

New blood is definitely needed here. I am tired of hearing how sick people are about the state of things here yet the same irresponsible and outright duplicitous candidates are voted back in office time after stinking time.

Be original folks. Vote Berger!

ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF CASTER AND BENDER SLEAZE AND DESPARATION-WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE FACTS YOU HAVE SLEAZE, NAME CALLING AND LIES!
BERGER AIN'T NO WIMP-JUST LOOK AT CASTER DECEPTION AND SPENDING-
CASTER HAS GIVEN SPECIAL DEALS TO SPECIAL INTERETS-THAT'S WHERE HIS MONEY COMES FROM-
SURE BERGER ISN'T PART OF OLD BOY NETWORK-
YOU ARE RIGHT CASTER HAS A RECORD-
CORRUPTION-LIES-POOR JUDGMENT AND MISMANGMENT!
THOSE ARE FACTS NOT NAME CALLING-BENDER AND CASTER SHOULD CLIMB BACK UNDER THEIR ROCK-WE WILL ALL BE BETTER WHEN WE REJECT CASTER CORRUPTION.

Special deals to special "interets"? Corruption? What kind of "facts" are those? When has he ever done anything corrupt?

I have lisetened to both candidates and I have looked at their stand on issues.In Bill Caster's case I have looked at his record.
I agree with comments that Caster has run a desparate campaign and spent an obscene amount of money from special interests who do business with the County- his record and campaign tactics embarrass all republicans and should anger us as voters. I am not happy with County Government or Caster's role in bringing us Titan and higher spending. Brian Berger has impressed me with his stand against taxes, wasteful spending and Titan-he may not have casters monies-but he has a lot more concern for all of us- he is genuine.

Brian Berger will get my support because of his stand against higher taxes and getting our spending under control. His positon on Titan is the right one. I think Berger is better for all the people ---while his opponent is the crony of special interests who are trying to keep control-with thousands of dollars of monies-trying to buy this run off. Lots of us complain about poor County Government- well let's do something by voting for Berger a better choice and candidate-who is right on issues for our County

Dear CharlotteLiar,
Let me set a few things straight for you, I am not Caster nor did anyone send me an email to write this or ask me to sign my name. Unlike most people, I did my OWN research on both of the candidates including voting records(for caster only) googled, visted both of their websites, and have looked u previous experience & employment. While on Berger's site, I visted one of his tabs that listed a number of sites to visit. EVERY single one of them had extremely, almost IDENTICAL comments. After reading this story, I read a few comments- 2 of them almost word for word of comments I have read on a completly different site. I know enough about campaigns and politics to know that's not normal& just by chance. If you don't believe that for proof, go check them yourself. I can't bring myself to support someone who promotes sites that are obviously set up to tear down another mans reputation. I've met both candidates- truthfully, I'm not really impressed with either one. Again, lesser of the evil and I believe the lesser is Bill.
This is politics- not church. Don't bring your religious views in this to put ME down or others you don't know. If I'm not mistaken, the bible calls for love, not judgement- so before you push the bible on others, take a look in the mirror.

I was voting against Bill Caster before Brian Berger threw his name in the hat. I have already voted for Mr. Berger during the early voting and I would encourage others to do the same.

because neither Caster or Berger will defeat Butler or Catlin in the general election.

The New Hanover County GOP does not endorse candidates in a primary election. Let the voters decide on June 22nd.

Everyone needs to stop waiting for Alex Dale, the country chairmen, to issue a statement. The party does NOT endorse prior to a primary, period.

Make your voice heard with your vote.

As an earlier comment noted corruption whether from democrats or republicans is not excusable.
The NHC GOP and Catlin should be ashamed at their silence given the vulgarity of the Caster campaign. That's OK --if special interest money wins tomorrow-honest republicans will have a choice with Dems in November.

Notice how once again Caster is trying to distract voters from an issue that matters- Caster's dishonesty and lack of integrity - indicative of 18 years of lying to the public while in office. What else is Bill lying about?

What has he lied about all these years? There are a lot of questions.

Instead of raising those questions, Berger's talking about the Utility Authority and taxes and stuff that matters.

And Caster, and his sleazy supporters, they just keep lying to the media and public and attacking Brian Berger. Throwing around lies to distract voters and try to taint Brian, who happens to be a good person. That's been Caster's whole campaign. He should be ashamed of himself. All the so-called Republicans supporting Lying Bill and throwing around lies about Brian are proving only one thing: they have no honor and are disgracing the Republican Party.

Caster is a disgrace. If Alex Dale, Rick Catlin and other so-called Republican leaders don't speak up, they will be showing there true colors and this republican will work tirelessly to expose them for their support of disgraceful, dishonest Bill. Alex? Rick? All you other party leaders and candidates...you are showing your true colors now...and if you do not speak up, you will not get my vote in November. Integrity matters...does the GOP have any? Caster is walking proof that the answer is "no" and will remain "no" until republicans tell caster "bill, you need to go."

Billy you need to go. I'm voting for Brian Berger.

(Caster and his supporters have been shameless. Heartless. Dishonest. Vicious. I could go on. I feel sorry for Brian. Nobody deserves the abuse he's taken just for doing the right thing and having beleifs Ronald Reagan and our Founding Fathers would be proud of...)

There goes caster again- thousands and thousands of dollars of negative ads- a phoney letter-and now many thousands of dollars of monies from special interests on a mailer- and he has nothing new to say- no explanation of waste and corruption while he's been there. As republicans how can we not be outraged and ashamed of this blatent effort to buy this run off--shame on us if we let Caster get away with it--we can do better with a change with Berger.
Dems deserve to win in Nov- if the best we can offer them is a candidate with Casters record and arrogance. Reject caster and his corrupting special interests allies--otherwise we all lose!

Republicans lose elections because we have had weak candidates and candidates with poor records. Bill Caster clearly fits that mold. Catlin and the establishment have stood by and let Caster lie about his record and run one of the most deceptive campaigns-even by standards of North Carolina. Caster fooled the star news- dont let him fool rest of us.
We need to support BRian Berger who has had the courage to stand on his positions on issues and take on staus quo and corruption of caster and his stooges. We are a party that tolerates corruption and mediocrity if we stand by and give Caster 4 more years of waste and mismanagement. Silence of lambs(Republicans like Catlin and party leadership) indicates NHC voters would be better off with Dems --if Caster wins. This election will indicate if NHC republican stand for anything- If caster prevails the answer to voters in Nov will be absolutely not.
Shame on us-if we dont get behind A BETTER CANDIDATE AND A BETTER PERSON-BRIAN BERGER

McCarthy came back from WW2 and was a Senator from Wisconsin- after serving for many years he started accusing people of all sorts of things. Like Caster he had no facts, was mean spirited and would hurl charges and innuendo-sometimes knowing they were not true-sound familiar--well if you missed Joe- we now have Bill-- no facts- a mediocre record--but arrogance and an intense greed for power.
I too will vote for Berger=he's fine and knowledgable on issues- has class. No way will I vote for Caster= he is a disaster for our County. By the way someone should tell Caster that not everybody plays sleaze like him-the comment by one of his supporters that this is a "tiny issue" is a sad one-- I care abount County too- that's why I am voting for Berger and against Caster and the failed Caster record.

I'm with Brian too... Despite the feeble attempt to "label" him a libertarian, Brian's views are truly mainstream Reagan Republican, less government and lower taxes.

Let's hope that this sleaze ridden campaign is really "Caster's Last Stand"...

This is a tiny issue that has been blown out of porportion. Caster still has my vote. I know nothing about Berger and he wont make his information public. I dont care about an email to the editor, I care about New Hanover County.

I care about Good Governement in County too--Berger has courage and conviction-Caster has a record of failure and mismanagement. Berger doesn't have Casters monies- but caster is the one bought and paid for with monies from groups doing business with County--tiny issue-funny thing I thought integrity mattered-Berger has it- Caster shed it a long time ago-just look at his record and the fortune he is spending and from who--during this election.
Caster is an incumbent anyone wanting a better future should say no too- Brian Berger deserves our vote/

The star news got one thing right today--
CASTER FOOLED THE STAR NEWS-DONT LET CASTER FOOL US!
what they they got wrong was "better candidate". They forgot to mention corruption and waste at ABC and cape fear utility-thye forgot to mention Caster's special deal with Titan
They forgot to mention Casters many votes between elections for higher taxes
Berger is better on issues going forward if we look at candidates stand on issues.
Bender wrote the infamous letter-sent it to Caster who got it signed and published- Caster and Bender BOTH lied to wway3 and voters.
CASTER FOOLED STAR NEWS-DONT LET HIM FOOL US!
We can win with Berger in November- we will lose with Caster and we deserve too. That's a fact and all the deception and tricks from caster and the special interests monies wont change that.

You are right we should not be lied to by Caster again--he voted for all the spending in the new budget--his rocord is one of waste and mismanagement just look at ABC and the Cape Fear Utility. Today-other Commissioners voted honestly-except for caster who before election bails on tax vote to support his spending. That's why others dont Like to work with him-arrogance and deception are not moral virtues.
LET'S NOT BE FOOLED BY CASTER-IT'S HIS ACTIONS AFTER ELECTIONS-AND NOT His WORDS BEFORE THAT SHOULD SCARE THE HECK OuT OF US--FALSE ADS DON'T CHANGE THE FACTS AND HIS RECORD.

We have an increased sales tax and now a property tax increase in large part due to caster's actions over many years- he voted for the spending-like you point out he usually votes for the tax increases- today he let others do his work-surely you aren't suprised?
Families have to live within our means-why not governments-Caster is no fiscal conservative that's for sure.

Bill Caster now has this posted saying his letter is a "tiny Lie." That's a bit like the BP CEO referring to some Americans as the "small people". Arrogance and lies by Caster are no substitute for a record of dceit and failure---still we can expect more sleaze from Caster before Tuesday. Sad thing that Caster is so lacking in grace that he just doesn't understand what decency is--just look at his campaign tactics- that is the fact.
Still he has lots of money- I hope you all will come out and vote for Brian Berger.
Like some others have noted- who wins on Tuesday will say a lot about us as Republicans- we can do better with Brian.

ruining... uh I mean running the show now are doing such a fine job huh? People just keep voting these crooks back in time and time again. Just so you know your vote won't count as mine goes to cancel yours out.

He was party to a lie. A big, whopper of a lie.

If that doesn't bother you, than you are identical to those who excused William Jefferson Clinton's perjury. To you people, honesty and integrity are optional characteristics in the people you vote for.

Sleaze is sleaze, whether it's Republican sleaze or Democratic sleaze. From lining the pockets of his buddies in Soccer-gate to this latest incident, Caster has proven that he is devoid of integrity. If you vote for him, I can only wonder about yours.

Simply put- I will vote for Brian. I like his stand on Titan and taxes. I am revolted at Caster tactics and record-- we have seen this before.
So let's get rid of Bill-and give Brian Berger a chance-we can't afford 4 more years of caster's poor judment-nor should we accept his campaign tactics. Caster and Bender have pulled this before--let's go with a better guy-Brian

He is all talk, no record. What is he doing now? Make it public Berger!!!

An earlier comment showed the comparison bewteen the tactics of Joe MccARTHY AND CASTER.
Throw enough mud- lie enough with innuendo -and just hope voters are fooled.
I'm a consultant too- and if Caster and Bender dont like that answer-too damn bad.
Let's look at issues-spending, waste, Titan etc--Are we better off with Berger or Caster on those issues? Are we better off with the campaign tactics that Caster and bender have employed? Simply put, when I look at issues that will really count in next four years , I would prefer Berger. If you look at record- better a candidate not part of the status quo-than someone with caster's record. ALL the money and all the innuendo and lies can't change the record of caster failures. I hope people will vote for change- we have a chance to make our Party better.