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UPDATE: Commissioner Brian Berger denies involvement with robocalls

According to county officials, the calls appear to be originating from a government telephone number, but they are not actually coming from government owned or operated equipment. According to county officials, the calls appear to be originating from a government telephone number, but they are not actually coming from government owned or operated equipment.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

If you've received a political robocall lately, it may not be legit.

The robocall says:

New Hanover County Commissioner please support my two good friends Woody White, Michael Lee. Please vote for them as you would vote for me. Thank you. Your County Commissioner, Brian Berger.

In a text message to our Ashlea Kosikowski, Berger wrote, "Personally, I have not so much as put up one yard sign or been part of any campaign team. I can't afford robocalls."

Berger said he hasn't heard the calls, writing, "Today, though, is hopefully about a new group of emerging leaders and I applaud those who stepped up to answer the call of civic obligation.  I haven't heard what has been said but I know my character."

According to county officials, the calls appear to be originating from a government telephone number, but they are not actually coming from government owned or operated equipment.

County spokesperson Charles Smith said NHC has not engaged in any transaction to support, finance or facilitate the call.

According to Smith, all communications are being monitored to ensure county equipment isn't compromised.

Residents are asked NOT to call the government center to report these calls.

Congressional candidate Woody White released the following statement in reference to the calls:

Last night, and again this morning, Republican voters in New Hanover County received a recorded phone call from troubled county commissioner Brian Berger.

I did not authorize his call nor do I seek support from him. This appears to an election-eve attempt to confuse voters and associate me with his antics and problems while he served as a New Hanover County commissioner.

Whether sanctioned by my opponent or not, this is another example of how Washington insiders and powerful special interests work. They'll say and do anything to stop our conservative voice from being heard. It's why I am running. It's time for "New Republican Leadership" in Congress.

I am an authentic, principled conservative who'll fight for you, not the powerful interests. It's time for a change and that change begins today.

White's opponent in the race denied that he's behind the calls.

"We didn't have anything to do with it whatsoever," David Rouzer told one of our reporters Tuesday afternoon at a Brunswick County precinct. 

NC District 9 Senate candidate Michael Lee released the following statement about the call:

The Michael Lee Campaign for NC Senate 9 renounced any relation or coordination with a Robo-call that went out from New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger last night and early this morning.   

Michael Lee's campaign did not authorize any phone call to be made on his behalf from Brian Berger. Michael Lee has run a clean campaign for NC Senate, and does not condone this type of activity. 

Thousands of voters are exercising their right to vote today and should not be troubled or bothered by such a bothersome and erroneous phone call.

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