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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Twenty-five minutes before New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was supposed to do a live interview here at the TV station, he called and pulled the plug. He called it a “postponement” not a “cancellation” even though he confirmed twice over the weekend that he would show up.

He did tell us on the phone, though, that he is considering resigning, but he needs to talk the other commissioners first.

New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said over the phone that he hasn’t talked to Berger yet but did leave him a message. He also said that he was a little surprised that Berger was considering a resignation but that “Brian needs to do what’s best for Brian.”

Berger also said Monday that he plans to go to the County Commission meeting Tuesday, and that he may talk about his future at that meeting.

Some think he just needs more time to sort out his personal life.

“If we’re all asked to resign when we are a little bit unstable I don’t think any of us would have jobs,” said Anita Naughton, a New Hanover County resident. “Give him a chance. I don’t see anything so critical in the county right now that he can’t just take a little bit of time off to get himself together. If he can’t then let him resign.”


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  • Guest

    How many times does are we going to elect these buffoons and bypass Ricky Meeks? He would be so much better than Berger! Ricky Meeks is the man!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Don’t forget the City Councilman that thinks he is Michael Jackson with his white getup on. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA


  • guest111

    OMG Where does she teach? OMG Isn’t the school system aware of how bizarre she is? Why do they let her have control of children? This is just horrifying!

  • Ketchup

    It’s like when you order a hamburger and they bring it to the table, you and everyone at the table look at like: “man that is going to be good!”, then you realize it has no meat in it. You become very disappointed and everyone around wants to come and see the meatless hamberger. Nobody likes a meatless hamberger. You try and put some fries between the buns, nope no good… maybe take off the pickles, nope no good. Nothing good comes out of a meatless berger. The solution is to order a new burger and resign the meatless berger to the rubbish pile.

  • HEEP US!!!

    Southeastern NC is doomed!!! Look at who’s running it. You have RC and his fairytail prince Frog, the 420 friendly grandpa town councilman, the big goof ball county commissioner chairman that can’t find his way from a paper sack, the Chadbourn town manager who woke up as a cop one am, The ILM city councilman that thinks he’s a Pope, and along comes Brain….What can be next ???

  • Guest

    Yet again I say too much attention. Can’t yall see this is a very disturb individual who will do anything to get attention? Evidently he’s going to keep behaving like this until the media decides to find something more important to report. Either that or he needs to go find a very good shrink to help him with his complexities.

  • Guest

    … and have done nothing wrong should have no issue defending themselves. In fact, they should WANT the chance to set things straight! The fact that Brian Berger refuses to even try and defend himself in a live interview (where he can’t take 30 minutes answering 3 questions and risk his falsehoods being revealed with slips of the tongue and body language) speaks volumes in my opinion. I know politicians have a reputation for being shady but there’s a difference between backyard political dealings and committing assault on a female, having DSS called to your home on multiple occasions and performing “cry for attention” acts like what he did last week. (When a person really wants to kill themselves they do and he probably would have used the gun he had. The fact he sent Blaylock that picture was just his way of trying to get her back or get her sympathy or something to that affect. I know both Brian and Heather personally and more than probably any of you so trust me on this. I have been witness to many of their dramas and I honestly couldn’t tell you which one is more crazy. He shouldn’t be a representative of New Hanover and she should not be a teacher.)

  • Guest

    Oh Great, Brendle99 is another Tea Party Whacko.

  • Guest5

    Well, I didnt vote for Berger but I wouldnt say the Tea Party is a bunch of whacko’s. Thats like saying, the Democrats and Republicans are a bunch of money sucking toads and the people that follow are gullible idiots.

  • guest111

    You are so crude.

  • Paul

    speak up? he just sits there and doesn’t say anything. Doesn’t speak out in meetings for any known agenda at all. Just out of the room does he complain about being repressed.
    I certainly won’t be voting for him again.

  • Peyton Garrett

    Who are you his cousin? Speak up? Stand up for what is right? Will not be swayed? Your as crazy as He is? Brian Berger has done ABSOLUTELY nothing but embarrass himself, the county as a whole, act like a lovelorn just reaching puberty little schoolboy Who by the way ended up stiffing another county resident when He took out her automobile and lied to her. Hell, He even lies to his main man Ben McCoy. I guarantee no other member of the commission is challenged by anything this Mental Giant says or does. Brendle99, You and Mr. Berger really are a lot alike. You both are delusional.

  • Peyton Garrett

    Couldn’t make it again. Probably doubled up on the old meds, had a wine cooler, Bartles & James, sat down to watch beaches and passed out. No really, I am sure His handlers advised against this interview. He will be there tomorrow in all his babbling glory and We will hear yet another excuse. He will disclose that all of his backers have begged him to stay on and fight the fight and He will sit there head down with who knows what going through that head of his. Then in about 3 hours He will retreat to where ever it is He goes and wait for the next day and do it all again…Until the next incident happens.

  • Jason

    If I was a county commissioner I would be bringing a gun with me for protection. WWAY should do the same. Berger is ripe for a showdown. What ever happens it will be great for ratings. Its not if something pops off its when. WWAY TV3 will be there to bring it to the people. Stay safe. Brian get help.

  • Guest52

    They will go after anyone claiming “For the interest of news” if you do not believe in their politics. This goes with any other news company, which is why some good people hesitate to run for any office. The newscasters and newspapers will dig into someones life and make a mountain out of a mole hill if they oppose the news agency.

  • Guest28451

    This guy is totally unreliable unbelieveable and needs some serious mental help.. Hmm somebody joked he was the guy who jumped off the parking deck downtime hmm maybe he was..

  • Guest

    Seeing as he just tried to commit suicide, and he would only agree to an interview on live TV, you’d better check him for weapons before putting him on air WWAY, in case he plans to “off” himself on live TV.

  • Guest

    i AGREE!!!

  • He is the only one who speaks up at the council meetings, so, lets ruin him. We elect these people to do what we want to happen with our town, then they do what big money dictates. Brian Berger should be praised for having the balls to not feed into the BS. He see’s wrong and he speaks up against it. The other council members are challenged by him. This is where and why the smear comes from.
    I applaud Brian Berger, “a man who won’t be swayed for free”

  • Guest

    Agree … he is ill … stop hounding him ….

  • Voter777

    I think Berger should do this infamous live interview with wway this Thursday at 7pm while the Obama speech is happening! Berger will totally upset Obama’s speech with way more interested viewers than Obama will ever get for some lame jobs program.
    I feel this story is getting ready to make national news about Berger. There may be hope for Berger to make some money off of this. If Casey Anthony can, surely he can! Southeastern NC is truly doomed to wither away in embarrassment over this and other stories.

  • GuestPAT

    yippeeeeeeeeee skippyyyyyyyy!!! Wasn’t surprised that Berger didn’t show for the interview…he needs help,seriously,he needs help.

  • Guest Laughs

    I’m glad it’s live TV…that way Berger can slam the door in the reporters face as the camera starts to roll…which he should for last weeks attempt at a TV Ratings binge by Mr. “P”…the news director.
    Better yet…Berger should hang a note on his office door which says….”Left for the Day…SIT ON IT!”
    Best thing that could happen is no one watch this circus attempt by WWAY.

  • Peyton Garrett

    Transparency of the budget? Brian doesn’t even understand the budget. Baseball Team? As far as I know, has anything solid even been proposed? Discussion? A Vote? I believe that was something courted a little by the City. Has Mr. Berger really introduced anything of meaning. I can never understand him if He says more than ten words and that is a chore. How can He be Up to Snuff on anything when every time I have seen him at a commission or committee meeting He is unprepared and thus unable to make a meaningful contribution. I could be wrong…..

  • guest111

    The fact Brian Berger ever got elected as county commissioner speaks loudly about how desperate we were (AND STILL ARE)to get rid of all incumbants.

    The next election we should all do our homework on the candidates and be sure we have someone who can function in society. We need to know who they are affiliated with, where they work and what their agenda is.

    We all know that Brian Berger is not a well man. The fact WWAY got in his face trying to interview him, followed him into another area and in to what I assume was his office was totally out of line. Treatment like that can push a man with his issues over the edge. He obviously can’t communicate and surely isn’t going to tell the public what is going on with him at this time. We all need to leave him alone and hope that someone can find a way to get him out of the county position.

    As for the way the reporter got in his face. . . you better well be glad it wasn’t me. I assure you I would have gotten you away from me. I may have had a bit of trouble afterward but you would sure think before you got up someone else’s nostrils. WAY OUT OF LINE!!

  • Karen B

    This is a very troubled man. I would be perfectly okay with you going after him for his poor performance and being late. However, you are completely crossing the line interrogating this man who has apparently just attempted suicide! Chasing the little man down and humiliating him until he slammed a door in your BIG BULLY FACE was inexcusable behavior. I don’t like Berger, but I would have stepped in and punched you if I’d seen you doing this in person, and I am a woman

    YOU weren’t asking him about fashion, or a movie or something along those Hollywood lines.

    You were a great big man chasing and bullying a suicidal little man.

    Honestly, SHAME ON YOU.

  • Guest

    Could you please make Wuzzardo’s rant music louder and more intrusive upon what he was trying to say? I could almost hear him, and I almost became undistracted about how mismatched the background noise was to a human speaking voice. Whoever produced that deserves a promotion!

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