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VOTE 2010: Big Talker FM Poll - Berger, Catlin lead race for New Hanover Commissioner

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - In a recent poll conducted for The Big Talker FM, candidates Brian Berger and Rick Catlin are leading the race for New Hanover County Commissioner.

There are two seats open on the commission. Here's how the numbers broke down.

For Seat #1:
Brian Berger - 30%
Rick Catlin - 24%
Deborah Butler - 24%
Sid Causey - 18%

For Seat #2:
Rick Catlin - 35%
Brian Berger - 23%
Sid Causey - 20%
Deborah Butler - 14%

273 registered voters were polled - with a margin of error of +/- 4.7%.

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on target

This poll is right on target-county has been and is heading in wrong direction for years. We have had poor fiscal management and poor oversight of agencies like ABC and CFPUA. For all those reasons- Brian Berger is a much better choice.
The county needs change very badly and Brian is well qualified to do so- more so than anyone else running this year.

Berger is unqualified

Mr. Berger is not only unqualified he has no real employment. On what basis is he going to try and LEAD anything? It is a frightening proposition to have this man in any position of judgement or authority. Most certainly he has opinions. But that does not give him the ability to discern what is best for a county that so badly needs good leadership. There are at least two others with that experience and that ability to choose from that will do the right thing. This is not the time to be voting out of reaction or being reactionary. This is the time for real leadership.

"Ditto" to Brian Berger IS UNQUALIFIED!

Frankly, I'm surprised our local media has not looked deeper into Brian Berger's past and his qualifications. We know a lot about the other candidates, but very little about Mr. Berger!

EQUAL TIME-SAY NO TO CATLIN

HE RAN WITH CASTER--HAS POTENTIAL CONFLICTS IN DOING BUSINESS WITH COUNTY-WAS ON BOARDS BUT DID NOTHING ON ISSUES OF LOWER TAXES OR ANNEXATION- BUT NOW HE'S A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE-WELL I SAY BETTER LATE THAN NEVER-
IF YOU POST NEGS ABOUT OTHERS-THIS GUY SHOULDNT GET A FREE RIDE

Wrong AGAIN Brian Berger, as usual MORE RHETORIC!!

Brian Berger has trouble speaking so he writes his own post on this site constantly slandering the other candidates. Well Brian at least they all have a record of some past service to this county, YOU DON'T!! ALL YOU OFFER IS LIP SERVICE!! TALK IS CHEAP, BRIAN!!

SAY NO TO CAUSEY AND BUTLER

SMEARS AND FEAR -THATS ALL THE DEMS HAVE THIS YEAR
HIGHER TAXES AND WASTEFUL SPENDING--THESE ARE YOU PEOPLE?
IGNORE THE NONSENSE-ON THE ISSUES BUTLER AND CAUSEY ARE DEAD WRONG FOR OUR COUNTY--THOSE ARE THE FACTS-SMEAR AND FEAR ASIDE

Say "NO" to Brian Berger!

Brian Berger can't even speak a complete sentence, no way in hell I want him to drive this county further into the ground than it already is...

Berger fans are surfing hard

Berger fans are surfing hard on Catlins coattails. Funny stuff. Catlin is winning and will win- so Brian is going to try and ride the Catlin wave. I'm hoping people decide to split the local ballot between Rick and Deborah. Although this is New Hanover County, I've been watching a lot of crazy stuff in local politics for years.

We can do better

When you look at this site we get a sense of what is wrong with politics in our Nation,State and County. The dem spin machine is at it again--SIMPLY PUT BERGER AND CATLIN--
LET ME REPEAT BERGER AND CATLIN ARE FAR SUPERIOR TO THEIR TAX AND SPEND OPPONENTS--I DONT CARE IF YOU SMEAR ONE OR BOTH---WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR MORE
CRONYISM WITH CAUSEY OR THE TAX AND SPEND LANDLORD BUTLER-WHOSE OWN TENANTS DONT TRUST HER.
BERGER AND CATLIN ARE RIGHT ON ISSUES LIKE ZERO BASED BUDGETING AND TAKING THE COUNTY IN A BETTER DIRECTION--CAUSEY CANT FIX PROBLEMS HE WONT ACKNOWLEDGE AND BUTLER HAS MORE PHONY POSITIONS ON ISSUES THAN THERE ARE RERUNS OF THE SIMPSONS.
smears and fear are backfiring in this race and many others-voters have "bewared" and know better.

Better people now

ANYBODY BUT CATLIN--CATLIN HAS PLAYED ALONG TO GET ALONG FOR YEARS-RAN WITH CASTER--SO HE COULD HAVE TAKEN A STAND ON MANY ISSUES YEARS AGO-but chose not to choosing to be a good ole boy.Let's send him and his good ole boys packing-simple fact smears can't hide--they did a lousy job. ANYBODY BUT CATLIN--I'D GO FOR ANY OF THE OTHER THREE-IF I WANTED CASTER I WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR HIM.

Catlin Qualified, YES, Brian Berger NOT, Say NO to Berger!!

Come on people, do you really want this weirdo to represent our county? Check out Brian Berger, the more you know about him the more likely you will send him packing!

BETTER TIMES

I CANT IMAGINE A BETTER ON ELECTION DAY THAN BERGER AND BUTLER WINNING. NEITHER IS STATUS QUO- BOTH HAVE STOOD UP AGAINST TITAN AND WHILE THEY SHARE DIFFERENT STANDS ON MANY ISSUES THEY WILL STAND UP TO THE STAUS QUO REPRESENTED BY Thompson and the other good ole boys.
HOW LONG WILL WE TOLERATE MORE OF THE SAME --CAUSEY AND CATLIN HAVE BEEN PART OF STATUS QUO-AND HAVE GONE ALONG.
LETS GO A DIFFERENT ROAD WITH DEB BUTLER AND BRIAN BERGER

butler and berger

I'm with you--but my issue is stopping Titan if it isnt too late-so I will be voting for Brian and Deb----no way for causey and catlin--old guard just more taxes and spending with those guys. A lot of us think we need to take achance iwth the rookies--anybody but the good ole boys--they have failed us big time

I WON'T VOTE FOR BERGER BECAUSE

A LOT OF HIS MOST ARDENT SUPPORTERS DON'T SEEM TO REALIZE THAT TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS DOES NOT EMPHASIZE ONE'S POINT ANY MORE SO THAN TYPING NORMALLY. IT'S NOT ONLY DIFFICULT TO READ, IT MAKES ONE SEEM LESS THAN BRIGHT.

Thank you.

That's because most of these posts are written by Brian himself!

If you look them closer you will see the similarities, The hyphens and double hyphens and the word "cronyism". He says he has fault for this and fault for that, Where, When! The truth is, he has done nothing but talk, TALK is CHEAP!

BERGER AND CATLIN ARE THE BEST

ON THE RECORD AND THE ISSUES I AM GLAD TO SEE THESE CANDIDATES OUT IN FRONT. BRIAN WAS OUTFRONT ON AGENICES(CFPUA & ABC) NEEDING BETTER OVERSIGHT AND I LIKE HIS STANDS ON HOLDING LINE ON TAXES AND ZERO BASED BUDGETING. BERGER WILL BE WELCOME CHANGE OVER STATUS QUO.
CATLIN WILL ALSO BE HELPFUL ON ISSUES OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILTY AND OVERSIGHT. BOTH BERGER AND CATLIN WILL DO MORE FOR LOCAL ECONOMY AND BRINGING BETTER JOBS HERE.
IN CONTRAST THERE OPPONENTS ARE A FAILED SHERIFF(CAUSEY) AND
LANDLORD(BUTLER)-- WHO HAVE A RECORD OF BEING TAX AND SPEND CANDIDATES WE CANT AFFORD AND WHO WILL GIVE US EVEN MORE FINANCIAL WOES. PLEASE VOTE--BECAUSE POLLS DONT COUNT.
REJECT SMEAR, FEAR AND HIGHER TAXES-

People BEWARE! Brian Berger is all Rhetoric, NO SUBSTANCE

I'm NOT paid by anyone as Brian Berger posts on this site, just a concerned citizen. In fact I support Catlin who has credentials and is for real, Berger DOES NOT! I have looked at his web site as he says about his background and it offers no specifics! Lip service is CHEAP!

So, tell us Brian Berger, exactly what do you do in your so called small business, what corporations did you work for and what was your job description?

Berger poll

So who did this poll? And is there a link?

Found the link...it's a

Found the link...it's a little interesting...the numbers are not that great for Berger or Catlin, Butler is right there with them, as well as Causey. Berger needs to hold off on his celebrating and not jump on the coattails of Caitlin just yet. If Berger wants his message to resonate he needs to remain independent. The numbers Butler has are better, remember its all in how you read and report a poll. The scariest part is Causey, that guy may just waltz right past everybody and we will be stuck with causey and catlin. Can't believe his numbers are so tight.

Look guestefq- we got a good

Look guestefq- we got a good thing going here. There are three of us posting here- under different names. We do not need some smarty pants know it all coming up in here ruining our good thing. This is our message board. We program here and we use this to make it look like we are the majority. Don't come in here asking for facts. That's not how we work.

Free thinking hippie liberals...sshhess. Facts, we don't need no stinking facts. Pluuuuulesssse.

Go Burglar!

GO BRIAN!!!

This poll shows that no matter what the ONE PERSON, paid by the opposition, comes on these forums and posts all over the web about Berger - the people know what he stands for. Each distortion and lie about who he is and what he stands for does nothing but adds fuel to his fire. Bring it on!

More pathetic misrepresentations and unfounded lies about his character does nothing but boost his chances of getting elected.

People who want to do the right thing support Brian Berger.
People who are tired of reckless taxing and spending in New Hanover support Brian Berger.
People who are tired of the same old good ol boys club pulling all of the strings to enrich and empower good ol boys support Brian Berger.
People who want to be respected and listened to by their government support Brian Berger.

The opposition offers none of that - only more of the same. THAT'S why he's in the lead. If anyone feels like I do - support him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/electbrianberger

YOU ARE ON POINT

IGNORE THESE SMEARS-THIS GUY HAS BEEN SMEARING THIS CANDIDATE SINCE THE CASTER PRIMARY-HE WAS FIRED BY ONE CAMPAIGN AND SEEMS TO NEED HELP.
EVERY QUESTION HE ASKED WAS ANSWERED-HE JUST DOESN'T LIKE ANSWER.
I WILL USE HIS LASTED POST- HE IS A CAUSEY/BUTLER FRONT TRYING TO PLAY OFF REPUBLICANS.
BUT AGAIN-LETS NOT ENCOURAGE HIM FURTHER BY RESPONDING- WE DO BETTER BY ASKING PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON ISSUES THAT IMPACT COUNTY AND WHERE THESE CANDIDATES STAND-
ON THOSE ISSUES BERGER AND CATLIN WILL HOPEFULLY PREVAIL.

STOP BRIAN BERGER!! This guy is an EMBARRISSMENT!!

I agree with most of his talking points as I am a conservative but unlike most of the other candidates he has no experience or credible background to get the job done. JUST A LOT OF LIP SERVICE!

butler means higher taxes

During the dem primary- voted aginst her because she was a big advocate for higher taxes---she still is and we cant afford her high tax big spend left wing agenda. On other issues like she is way to left of most of us--expensive and in some cases unneeded ideas. We cant afford this landlord on our county commission.

Butler does not mean higher

Butler does not mean higher taxes. After all it was that blow hard Jason Thompson, who is a Republican, that told the voters that if we did not vote for the sales taxes increase the county would have to raise our property taxes. NO ONE and I mean No one wants higher taxes. However, the voters felt that a tax increase (if unavoidable) should be shared by all of the county, not just the property owners.

Once the tax increase was passed what happens Mr. Republican, Jason Thompson does some double talking and now the property owners of the county have to pay for an additional tax increase. So don't pull out the expression "tax and spend" democrats. I think you have been drinking the kool-aid and don't buy into the "republican talking points". For the record I am a republican.

That's interesting. I was a

That's interesting. I was a registered Republican, and switched to Una so I could vote for Butler. The board we've had here for the past 25+ years has been Republican - and look what they've done. The corruption, the secret meetings, the good old boy system. Why would we want the same old same old again? I switched so I could have a say- I'm voting for Pantano cause I don't like MIKE, I am voting for Dawson cause I think there needs to be a change in Raleigh. I don't know about Goolsby, it doesn't seem like he needs my vote, so I will probably sit that one out. I will probably vote for Marshall, cause Burr has been there. And finally I will be voting for Butler and Berger because I believe the two of them are as different as anything our County Board has ever seen- and I think that will favor the people...not the same old good old boy network that Causey was defending yesterday and Catlin wouldn't take a stand against today.

The tax increase that was just enacted was done so by Republicans. The quarter cent sales tax was put forth by Republicans- and voted on by Republicans and Una's alike- because we believed it would NOT lead to a property tax increase. Tax and spend liberals exist - but here locally we have tax and slap on the back pass the buck to us, Republicans in control of tax dollars and I'm tired of it.

Catlin, YES.... Brian Berger, HELL NO!

Berger is all mouth with NO experience. When asked in recent interviews, what he does for a living, he stumbles and says he is a jack of all trades. Give me break, the truth is he is The Jack _ff of Nothing! This guy is an embarrassment to our county!

Everything about Berger is

Everything about Berger is on his website, and he has been extremely forthcoming about his life. http://www.voteberger.com/About.html

He has a beautiful home in which he pays the mortgage on time every month - while expressing sorrow and concern for his neighbors who are losing their homes. That doesn't happen unless you are gainfully employed.

The only embarrassment is you - and the candidate that you are being paid by. Brian is a long-awaited candidate who has fought against corruption, reckless taxing and spending, and insider politics.

The only way anyone could conceivably be against a platform like that is someone who sees Brian as a threat to their corrupt gravy train in local government. A self-ingratiated, narcissistic ass, who thinks that government's role is to prop up them and their lying, dishonest, thieving cronies. Someone like yourself.

THIS INFO IS NOT ON YOUR WEBSITE.

Really? Do YOU have a beautiful home. Really? Do YOU pay the mortgage . . . just YOU? I found your business, it's a house? Are you in the bedroom suite? Does your family support you? Are your tax returns on your website?

Causey NO- Berger & Catlin yes

I TOOK A LOOK AT THE STAR NEWS QUESTIONNAIRES THE CANDIDATES FILLED OUT.I DONT PARTICULARLY LIKE THE PAPER BUT CANDIDATE RESPONSE WAS ENLIGHTENING. BERGER AND CATLIN ARE RIGHT ON THE ISSUES AND ALL THE SMEARS I HAVE SEEN AIMED AT BOTH THESE PEOPlE FROM TIME TO TIME REFLECT A DEM/CAUSEY STRATEGY OF SMEAR AND FEAR-MEANWHILE SID HAS NO IDEAS-EXCEPT HIGHER TAXES AND MORE SPENDING OF OUR MONEY.CAUSEY is CORRUPT, weak on issues and WOULD BE A TERRIBLE COMMISSIONER--just listen to ideas and take a look for yourself at the questionnaire responses. During the dem primary both causey and butler supported tax increases--we cant afford that in these times.