New Hanover commissioner faces calls to resign

Posted March 24, 2013

— New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is facing calls to resign in the wake of what colleagues call aggressive and unsettling behavior.

Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners, told WRAL this weekend that county staffers and commissioners fear for their safety.

The Wilmington Star News reported on Friday that calls for Berger's resignation intensified after he unexpectedly climbed on stage with Gov. Pat McCrory during a groundbreaking for a new community college building.

The paper also described an incident in which Berger stood by the governor's convoy and banging on the windows of the vehicles. The commissioner was "yelling and demanding a meeting with McCrory," the paper recorded. 

White confirmed to WRAL that he has offered help to Berger.

"I implore you to gather with your friends and family, and seek treatment," White wrote in an email, quoted by the paper. "I will help with that, if asked, for free. But I also ask – implore – that you resign immediately. It is time. It was time for you to do so long ago, but these recent episodes have reached a critical mass."


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  • superman Mar 26, 2013

    Seems to be pretty norman behavior for politicians to me.

  • Sherlock Mar 26, 2013

    Why should he resign, he is just exercising his right as a citizen to care for his county. That was the reason that he was elected to the office.

  • wral mods blow close my account Mar 25, 2013

    I'm surprised the tea party has not asked him to run for Senate in the GOP primaries. There's always the 2016 presidential primaries.

  • RonnieR Mar 25, 2013

    Where is Guv's security, how could he get to stage, how could he get close enough to car to bang on windows?

  • Scubagirl Mar 25, 2013

    why don't they just impeach him? if he's bedbug crazy he probably won't resign on his own.....

  • uBnice Mar 25, 2013

    The man clearly needs help.

  • Grand Union Mar 25, 2013

    "This particular kind of crazy has nothing to do with party affiliation."

    LOl but we keep being told the Media are liberals.....if that were true its hard to see why they would have missed out that obvious detail...

  • goldenosprey Mar 25, 2013

    I'm surprised Mr. Berger is still in office. He has made a spectacle of himself for years.

    Although nuts appear in both flavors, R & D, one could speculate party affiliation was left out because county commissioner was not thought of as a terribly partisan office, outside of Wake County, that is.

  • M539 Mar 25, 2013

    I totally agree with you ezLike, I'm not sure what hp277 is trying to point out, but regardless of this persons political ties, he is obviously in need of some serious help. There comes a time when it needs to be just about "a person" and not about any one unique aspect about them (i.e. race, gender, orientation, religion, political party, etc). This man is apparently a danger to himself and others. I hope he finds the help he needs and soon before he or anyone else gets hurt beyond what has already happened.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Mar 25, 2013

    This particular kind of crazy has nothing to do with party affiliation.