ONLY ON 3: Watch McMahon & Causey square off in fiery debate for New Hanover Co. Sheriff nomination

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Submitted: Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:36am
Updated: Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:35pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been five years since Sid Causey recommended Ed McMahon to succeed him as New Hanover County Sheriff. And to say over that time the relationship has deteriorated between the current and former sheriff, would be an understatement. Both men admitted that during a live, televised debate on WWAY NewsChannel 3 tonight.

Along with questioning each other’s truthfulness and the facts they are using to promote their campaign, the two Democratic candidates for New Hanover County Sheriff shared their views on various issues facing the Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout the debate, they seemed to agree on only one thing: Whether they would endorse their victorious opponent in November’s general election. You’ll have to watch to see what they said.


  • guest111 says:

    A call was made to the board of education today and according to them (and they certainly should know!!) there are 34 (thirty four) full time SROs in the school system. Um. . . Causey . . . SHUT UP!!

  • guest111 says:

    Over the line and in bad taste guesty. Pick another battle to make fun of.

  • guest857 says:

    That trigger happy deputy cost the taxpaying citizens of New Hanover County 2.5 million. Remember something else guesty, due process…it’s American, not barbaric. We have an out of control Federal government, let’s not have an out of control State or County government.

  • Guesty33447755 says:

    Thanks for clearing that up Ed!

  • guesty says:

    …until you compared committing armed robbery the same as making a mistake, like putting too much salt in a recipe. He made the choice to participate in an armed robbery. That armed robbery started the course of events that cost him his life. If one of my family members was dumb enough to think a life of crime is a viable ‘work’ choice, I’d be embarrassed. I most certainly wouldn’t try to defend their actions and blame law enforcement for doing the job we pay them to do. The sheriff’s department went in heavily armed due to the pictures posted showing him and his buddies posing with weapons. He was already facing assault charges where he had attacked another person. His history of violence and pending charges were enough to be weary of him fighting the police.

  • Miss Manners says:

    We know, it was always the chief deputy’s fault Sid! Never you!

  • guesty says:

    Yea, I really shouldn’t make fun of dead criminals, it might hurt their feelings.

  • Old Guy says:

    I don’t know who you heard this bogus rumor from but the fact is that Sheriff McQueen did not like Sid or his cronies. Why do you think he recommended Sonny Lanier for Sheriff when he retired? Sid had to win it during an election not like all of the others who have become Sheriff before him. That ought to tell you a lot about good ole Sid! In fact I know that Sheriff McQueen did not pass on his stars as did all of the other Sheriffs in the history of the Department. Oops I forgot all about Radewicz. He didn’t get the stars either. Wow being lumped together with the other worst Sheriff has all kind of ramifications.

  • guesty says:

    I made a donation in your name to the shelter for gay homeless cats.

  • guesty says:

    I know he wasn’t convicted of armed robbery because he was dead before trial. He burned all his bridges in Durham and daddy had pulled all the strings he could pull up there so he had to come down here for a “fresh” start. He started by beating another guy so severely his jaw had to be wired shut. Then when peyton found out charges were being filed for assault, he threatened to hurt the guy even more if he cooperated with police. Then he was part of a crew they followed an individual from a store over to UNCW to commit armed robbery for a Playstation.

    Yea, peyton was a great guy.

  • Wilmington Native says:

    I find it disturbing that people can sit on here and bad mouth a man like Ed McMahon. And what’s more disturbing is its manly people who were fired for clearly not being capable of wearing a badge! I call that “Triming the fat”. McMahon is a great Sheriff and most of all a wonderful person! Don’t fall into these few disgruntled mouths on here spreading lies. I KNOW BETTER! And the rest of the citizens of New Hanover Co. do too. Not here to criticize any candidate. But McMahon is clearly who this county needs for years to come!

  • PublicAvenger says:

    It was a tragic accident. Dep. Long was an outstanding deputy. And a good person. He just made that one in a million mistake, we all have come close to making. As fate would have it. He was just unlucky, that day.

    This Strickland subject was a horrible person. He chose to be a coward, gangster, bully, thug, parasite. Who hit another young man in the head, robbing him.

    Nevertheless; it was a tragedy. It was not at all “trigger happy”. It was a pure accident, which cost an outstanding deputy his career. And I salute Sheriff Causey, and Sheriff McMahon, for the little bit of remorse, and compassion, they were able to show for this deputy.

  • Concerned Citizen says:

    I hope Sid Causey beats Ed McMahon. Then we can get the helicopter back. So what if it drinks $6.00/ gallon, jet fuel, by the barrel, not the gallon. Then there’s repairs, pilot(s), training, crew members, airport fees, insurance, and special equipment. That comes to almost a million dollars / year.

    It didn’t cost hardly anything. It was purchased with drug money. And federal grants. Last time I checked, the thousands I pay in taxes every year, paid for this “grant”.

    How dare Cheapskate McMahon use that same drug money for bike and foot patrols. To supplement needed equipment. Doesn’t he realize, it’s play money, it’s “Grant Money”. McMahon is stretching all money, (County, Drug, and Grant money)trying to do more, with less. He scrapped the helicopter. He’s no fun.

    Having that helicopter will make us so “big time”, again. Like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. So what if it was mainly used to fly over Myrtle Grove, and Castle Hayne. Back and forth, several times a night.

    Hopefully Sheriff Causey will even get a second helicopter. So we will have double coverage, and be able to patrol Castle Hayne, and Myrtle Grove. All at the same time. That would be real cool.

  • guesty says:

    Post your mailing address so I can send your change from your two cents worth.

  • Interesting says:

    This guy sid is literally bashing McMahon which is absolutely ridiculous and unprofessional. After getting home from work and. I did not see other candidate but between these guys I would vote for McMahon.

  • 1234543 says:

    Guesty you are full of crap, Peyton Strickland had never been convicted of armed robbery, that is a fact. There are a lot of armed robbery’s in Wilmington but they are not being murdered thru a front door serving a warrant, Mr Long already had a history of trigger happy. Had that situation been handled and supervised properly Strickland would have still been alive, that house would have been staked out, and when the subject left (and he would have)he would have been arrested, but that ain’t near as much fun as kicking down a door and roughing up a teenage is it? Is Janet your mama?

  • guest111 says:

    Guesty, you keep the change and use it for the betterment of your mental health.

  • wannabeX says:

    The current Sheriff has a lot of people in New Hanover County fooled. I too was fooled until I found out first hand who he truly is. Knowing that he and his family changed their party affiliation from Republican to Democrat just to get the job, says a lot about what he values. Stand true to what you believe in Sheriff. He has no character nor integrity, and has looked many in the face and spoke untruths,,, and it can be proven. But he will fool most with the hugs and smiles,and claims of being a Christian Man. Recently an employee was reprimanded for driving his wife’s car with the opponents sticker on it. Many employees are afraid to say anything because they know it can either get them demoted or worst fired. Morale is low, low or no pay raises, Nepotism, Favoritism, Cronyism, and Discrimination are happening. But if you don’t work there you wouldn’t know or care. The Sheriff’s Dept. has many faithful and dedicated employees, who do their jobs with pride, and deserve the respect they earn, but that is only for a select few.Having a true leader who appreciates and respects the ones who are the backbone of the organization should be top Priority ! “ED MCMAHON” is not who he pretends to be. The Citizens of NHC , and the employees of the Sheriff’s Dept. deserve better.. and if he is elected in the primary, I’ll vote for Jason Vaughn !

  • Guest857 says:

    Going to the home of a suspected PlayStation thief with a heavily armed SWAT team is way over the top. Just like Kent State, Waco, Ruby Ridge and now the Nevada incident. Point is, Strickland (whom I did not know, therefore cannot make judgment on) should have been called down to the Sherriff’s office and simply been arrested. It’s not like the kid was going to run. The courts should have decided if he did commit the crime that you have sentenced him to death for, not the police. Okay, trigger happy was not a very good choice of words but law enforcement has recently been way over reaching their power. Did you see the video of the homeless man shot in the back in New Mexico? I’ve never been arrested in my 56 years and have most always been on the side of law enforcement. After seeing and reading what I have recently, I’m just as scared of you guys as I am the bad guys. It’s not a good thing when you guys start alienating the general public.

  • Sickandtired says:

    By the way, McMahon continues to insist that crime is down even though all three challengers and most everyone else disagrees, WWAY, you need to check this out: a sheriff’s patrol car was stolen today outside an ABC store. Yes, in New Hanover County. I bet Ed didn’t let you know about that one. But crime is down!

  • guest111 says:

    The current Sheriff says funds aren’t available for different sections of the department. He says the state needs to give more money to the department to cover areas that are needed. Then he says he turned back over to the county? over a million dollars at the end of the year. I don’t understand that.

  • jj says:

    The Sheriff is the highest Law Enforcement Officer in the County. So, he can’t be number two.

    However, according to NC General Statue his only defined Duties are to serve papers for the Courts and to maintain a Jail.

    Maybe, we need to move back to that.

  • Me, Myself, and I says:

    I see the same “Whispering Committee”, that tried to bring Chief Evangelous down, six years ago, is back in action. Trying to bring down Sheriff McMahon.

    Rumors, gossip, half truths, and lies, didn’t work several years ago. And they aren’t working now. Chief Evangelous has proven himself to be a great leader, and has become a solid foundation, of Wilmington Leadership, over the last decade.

    Sheriff McMahon is on the same track, as Chief Evangelous. Wilmington and New Hanover County Law Enforcement, are fortunate to have two proven leaders, like Chief Evangelous and Sheriff McMahon.

  • C B Lewis says:

    All of you folks that are putting down Ed McMahon and Sid Causey, all you need to do is vote for Marc Benson. We have give McMahon & Causey a chance now Benson needs a chance, that is who i will be voting for period.I know Marc can do as good or better than what we have had.Have a good day.

  • LocalVoter says:

    Wow Mr. Causey. That was some debate. More time was spent ripping into the other candidate rather than talking about the issues at hand. You should have taken the time to talk about issues, not pointing fingers like a five-year old. Is this how you plan on running your sheriff’s office? If so, I’m not voting for you.

  • Whoknows says:

    Judge Guesty Bean has spoken. Hang ‘em!

  • WannabeX says:

    so sad,,,you obviously must be one of his Church members who he shows great favoritism to,,, you don’t know this man like most of the people who have had dealings with him…so sad he has you fooled… Most of those comments are not from people who have been fired, but honest people who happen to get caught up in his lies he and his crony buddies have concocted to fit their needs.. The truth will come out,,,give it time… Ed McMahon is a wolf in Sheep’s clothing.. Not the man of God he portrays himself to be.. Sheriff in uniform only…SAD…..I was fooled too !!!

  • Vog46 says:

    which one of these guys is for combining both NH SHeriffs offices and all other law enforcement agencies within the county? Even if it means becoming the number 2 person in charge?
    Thats the person I would vote for


  • Taxpayer$$$ says:

    Bad Sid, No chopper.

  • Sickandtired says:

    What I find disturbing is people like you who think Ed is the best sheriff ever, the same people who will not educate themselves and vote intelligently. The most disturbing thing about it is the fact that these aren’t lies. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Pdiddy says:

    Boy, thats never happened in NHC, switching from Gop to Dem used to be mandatory. Has that happened with other elected officials? But you gave us Brian Berger I guess.

  • PublicAvenger says:

    Ed is going to beat Sid in the election. And he would easily beat, 100 year old Sid, in a kite flying contest.

  • guesty says:

    As I remember, he was hired as a lieutenant and put through BLET because he was a pilot. And he was there for 3 years before his big head caused his bubble to pop.

  • Guest Opinion says: Sid Causey cost taxpayers years of legal fees (although the exact figures for this lawsuit appeal to the 4th Circuit United States Court have not been released in the media) and led his deputies with no clear hierarchy, often undermining previously agreed upon protocols and orders issued by command staff. The Chief Deputy had intervened and made arrangements with specific arrest instructions that were later undermined by Causey, causing a major lawsuit. Benson has not been a deputy sheriff since 1998, since before deputies even had dash cameras or computers in their patrol cars. However Benson, originally a golden boy deputy, has been very key in exposing the Cobb-Causey dominant corrupt family control of the New Hanover County justice system.

  • Guesst says:

    There can be no combining in the way you suggest Vog, can only happen by annexation, higher tax to homeowners for both agencies. To operate as they do now, paid for by their individual residents, with county services being paid by both city and county. The city is just required to have ‘police service’ to maintain being a ‘city’ according to the State’s rules/statutes for being granted their share of State tax revenues to operate their services as a City.

  • Gust81 says:

    Only if that means getting rid of the wpd and expanding the sheriffs department. The police in this town are a sorry excuse for anything, unwilling to do their job and unprofessional. Highly incompetent force, it’s sad to see our community so underserved. The sheriff is held to a much higher standard under state law, and I feel it would serve the county well if we expanded the sheriff’s department and did away with the city police force.

  • PublicAvenger says:

    That’s why old Sheriff Causey needed his money wasting helicopter. Sheriff McMahon has done far more, with a lower budget, tax savings, and a lot less toys. He has Joined forces with, the Wilmington Police Department. Instead of attacking them. And trying to tear them up, at every turn.

    And I strongly disagree with your remark. The Wilmington Police Department is very professional, hard-working, and dedicated. So is the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.

    We need Sheriff McMahon. And to keep moving forward. We do not need the bitterness, and grudge- holding, mud-slinging, that existed six years ago.

  • bryan says:

    For those that don’t know, when Causey was sheriff,he also hired one of his “friends”. And made him a lieutenant With no law enforcement experience what so ever,all because he had a helicopter and contributed a large amount to his campaign,don’t let him fool you into thinking he’s never done that there is proof.

  • BURGERBOY says:

    sorry folks, but i do not give a rip abot any election in which brian burger isn’t running as a contender lol :D

  • Tracy E says:

    I wouldn’t vote for marc Benson if my life depended on it! He has already run and he is obviously not wanted. As for sid Causey, he is a senile, mean, angry and lying man and I wouldn’t vote for him either! Ed McMahon is not mudslinging. He is running a clean campaign and is the BEST man for the job! Sid needs some serious help mentally as everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie!

  • Inquirier says:

    Aside from a complete lack of professionalism, I am astounded at Mr. Causey’s total lack of actual solutions. His focus is entirely on critiquing the current environment, perceived or actual. Is it not even more ironic that this man is asking to be reappointed to a leadership position required to make correct decisions in crunch time yet he readily admits he misread Sheriff McMahon in appointing him. If you aren’t capable of correctly assessing someone that close to you, how can you ask the public to ignore that blunder? It seems he would be better served acknowledging the things Sheriff McMahon has done well. By most accounts in my circles, law enforcement has been more involved and in touch with Wilmington than it has in the past.

  • ihateidiots says:

    Crime will happen no matter what! Ed is the only man for this position! Your obviously an idiot!!

  • guest45 says:

    Glad you brought up the duties of the sheriffs dept’s, they are trying to be highway patrol, GI Joe, Coast Guard, everything but what they were intended for, and building an us vs. you attitude, it’s time for some serious changes, I hope someone starts breaking up the good old boy system, which brings up another point, Sid Causey cannot be trusted, he proved it with his own actions, he ran knowing good and well he was retiring, he just wanted to put his buddy in the seat, and then he switch’s party affiliation, sond familiar???? seems to be a lot of people switching back and forth doesn’t it? People say they want change and continue to put the same old people back in, well this is the voters chance, you want change, you got to give the boot to McMahon and Causey, draw the line, it can’t get any worse.

  • anonymous says:

    We still have a helicopter. And if that’s the only reason you want Sid to beat McMahon, your priorities are out of line.

  • Boo_ says:

    Move along old feller, find a low crime small beach island somewhere to reclaim your badge. The gangs are after your family Sid, payback for the Wilmington 10 false imprisonment. We all are paying now as victims of your family skeletons.

  • guest111 says:

    I’m certainly not Ed but you’re welcome. If you have doubts call them yourself. . . or are you so paranoid you think the board of education would lie to you?

  • guest111 says:

    Guesty, you are a frightening individual who I think may be an immature young man spouting comments on here for fun. I hope you have someone in your life who can lead you to counseling to improve your mental status.

  • Ramp man says:

    I have been hear 9 years, and have no clue who he is.
    My thoughts are he is not important to this race.

    It sounds like he may need a ride to the polls to vote anyway!!
    McQueen and Causey can just got sit on the porch and play dominos together and relive the Good Ole Days!! Haha!!!

  • crystal says:

    He really needs to remember his cover ups for his deputy’s.. Like Gary Rumor, John Lewis Jr, and that poor Payton Strickland..Yea time for a change he is just a crooked as his glasses..and Ed, well he just forgot where he came from. Now Marc Benson is the number one choice..he’s got my vote..signed off by personal against the old fart.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The Wilmington 10 were not falsely imprisoned. They were incarcerated due to their actions. They are not innocent. They got off on a technicality.

  • Citizen Jason says:

    All Causey can do, is sling mud. He slung it at the WPD. Now he’s slinging it at Sheriff McMahon. Can he provide anything positive ?

    Here’s some mud to throw at his glass house…..What about the lawsuit, that costs taxpayers a fortune, several years ago, when he was sheriff. Or his silly, money-sucking helicopter ?

    Causey is the clear winner of a mud kicking contest.

  • Gramps1945 says:

    When Sid was Sheriff, nothing was ever his fault

  • Former WPD Cop says:

    As a Tax-payer, I am glad we have not had any horrible lawsuits, under Sheriff McMahon’s watch. The Gary Rummer, and Peyton Strickland deaths, before McMahon, cost millions. Is it just luck, that he has saved us money, and avoided these horrible lawsuits ? Maybe.

    But one reason may be, the fact that Sheriff runs a tight ship. He doesn’t terrorize his deputies. As a Christian, he is the first to admit when he makes a mistake. Instead of slinging mud. When a deputy is always horrified about losing his job. Stress sets in, and crazy mistakes, like the fore mentioned, occur. Again and again. Like they did before McMahon became sheriff.

    Over the last four years. Deputies are still under some stress. But they are motivated. And know they have a sheriff who isn’t out to “axe them”, if there is a problem. He has stood behind them, when they have had to use deadly force. And he weighs each situation careful, and fair.

  • The Unknown Truth Teller says:

    After seeing the debate, I can’t help but wonder. Is Sid senile ? Is he being taken care of ? Is he allowed behind the wheel of a car ? Does he maybe, need to be put in a nursing home ?

  • Citizen Jason says:

    Marc Benson and Jason Vaughn seem to have promises and plans. Neither have any real record. When you have a untested record, you can make all the poems, prayers, and promises, you want. Both seem to promise the moon.

    We do not need a bitter, 70 year old man. And we don’t need plans, from two guys, with no record. We need the proven leadership, we already have, as SHERIFF.

  • guesty says:

    Poor widdle peyton. The widdle criminal had his crime career cut short by the mean deputy.

  • MG Citizen says:

    This wasn’t really a debate so much as a gripe session. Sid paints a picture of hearsay and self-twisted complaints. He has no credibility as is proven by the comments concerning SROs being part-time because their funding, in part, is paid through grant dollars. That makes absolutely no sense. It is obvious Sid is out of touch and “re-electing” him would be a sad step backwards for New Hanover County. You would think a person who was once Sheriff would be capable of making a better argument rather than sounding like someone who has no clue as to what is going on.

  • Guest111 says:

    I have always heard Causey was arrogant, hot headed and had a large ego. I would like to add to that bully and unprofessional. It seems he turned the sheriff’s department over to McMahon under the condition McMahon run it as Causey wanted. My jaw dropped at Causey’s aggression toward McMahon during the forum and I actually wondered if he would stand up and hit McMahon. No wonder New Hanover County had so many lawsuits against it during his time as sheriff. Why didn’t someone with WWAY call the president of the board of education and find out once and for all if there were 21 or 34 SROs? McMahon certainly wanted to and shut Causey up once and for all. In fact, WWAY, why don’t you do this and settle it. Your job is to report news and this is certainly a point of interest in New Hanover County now. Hmmm???

  • taxpayer says:

    “Neither have any real record. When you have a untested record, you can make all the poems, prayers, and promises, you want. Both seem to promise the moon.”

    Which presidential candidate did you vote for in 2008 and 2012? Using your reasoning, we’d have a different person residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue if “a untested record” was the metric used.

  • don wrong says:

    Thank you WWAY for showing me the true Sid Causey. I wasn’t sure who I would vote for, but getting a good look at this angry man, who’s whole campaign is based on hear-say fussing from cry babies at the Sheriff’s department, my choice is made. Causey has no real issues, no plan and no vote from me. No job is perfect, we all have issues with “the Boss” and there are always bad apples, but from what I just saw, I’m voting for McMahon.

  • taxpayer says:

    Maybe Marc’s campaign slogan should be “Hope and Change”. Sure worked in 2008…except I know what I’m getting if Marc is elected.

  • Justice for All says:

    Just heard a Rumor!!!

    Joe McQueen was supporting Causey!!!
    Who Cares?? He’s Old News… Don’t need him anyway…
    Keep Doing your thing Ed!!

    Best Sheriff ever in New Hanover County!!

  • PublicAvenger says:

    Certainly the crime situation can be better, here in New Hanover County, in North Carolina, and across the nation. But crime in this town seemed just as bad, if not worse, 15 years ago.

    You have to understand. We did not have internet-fast, up to the second, news. It was not a major news story when some yahoo, fires shots up in the air with a gun. It was seldom a “Newsflash”, when a law enforcement officer, made a mistake, got demoted, or fired.

    Crime is a very interesting headline. And with so many more means of news- sources, in fierce competition, it gets more attention, these days. But I think actual crime was just as bad, if not worse, 15 years ago.

  • Citizen Jason says:

    I voted for McCain, and Romney. Or I should say, I voted against Obama. Even though I didn’t like McCain nor Romney, they were much better then Obama. But both had long records. And a ton of elected experience. Unlike Benson and Vaughn.

  • guest6969696969 says:

    Would be real interesting IF WE can get REAL Journalism, NOT a left/Right/Yellow Journalism, As much as the USA has today… Reporting on the FACTS, NOT influenced by *Outside Parties*, Or People interested in RATINGS, instead of NEWS, I’m talking about the Politically Correct News that is Prevalent today..

    For Example:
    —> CREDITS< ------

    The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates

    The city’s drop in crime has been nothing short of miraculous. Here’s what’s behind the unbelievable numbers.

    Link–> credits–> David Bernstein and Noah Isackson reporting,


  • Sickandtired says:

    You’re right, there was a lawsuit, but Chief Deputy McMahon was in charge of that arrest detail and was later disciplined for screwing it up and making poor decisions.

  • Fran Merritt says:

    I don’t know what goes on as an employee of the Sheriff’s Department, but I do know how this administration has helped my community on a personal level. I don’t know how long the Community Watch Programs have been around but I was not made aware of the positive effects and the many connections available on a county wide basis for securing our neighborhoods until the current sheriff and his staff. The other thing that has been so beneficial to me and many, many others is the Citizen’s Academy. I’ve taken the classes twice and have passed the word around as often as possible. I learned so much more about my community and the surrounding Wilmington area, including gangs, drugs and S.R.O., just to mention a few. There are unlimited avenues to educate the public. I must give credit to Sheriff Ed McMahon because he has gotten the word out and seems to welcome the public’s input and involvement.

    I urge everyone to educate themselves on the issues at hand and to get out and vote.

  • Taylor Bryan says:

    Agreed!!! I’m voting Benson for sheriff! He’s beyond qualified and has what it takes to lead our community! We need a leader.. Benson is that leader!

  • guest45 says:

    Guesty you are so full of crap your eye’s are brown, Peyton Strickland was MURDERED!!!! plain and simple, that should have never happened, to bad it wasn’t one of your family members, then you would be singing a different song. Strickland may not have been a poster child, but he was a young man, and everybody has made a mistake or two, but not enough in this case to warrant being shot through his front door in his living room. and if memory serves me right, that deputy had been involved in other shootings, if you feel safe with loose cannons running around more power to you, I for one do not! And I do not feel like the citizens of Wilmington should ever forget this.

  • antithug says:

    Mark Benson.

  • KnowX says:

    Whether Marc gets more publicity for his private investigation business or whatever his reasons, he has cleaned up things like the Sid Causey/Allen Cobb family legacy of corruption, by just filing every time!

  • The Unknown WPD Cop says:

    For the last 20 years. Just like Ricky Meeks, Marc has been Showing up. And getting skunked. Maybe they can ride together in the next Azalea Festival, on a Corvette. Bless both their hearts. But I think being Sheriff is serious business. For someone electable. With true qualifications.

    I believe Sid has lost his mind. Vaughn seems good. (I hardly know him) But he has less qualification then the average street officer, and there are over 200 of them, in NH County alone. The law degree is nice. But what else is there ? Very little.

    I believe the solution, is the millions we have saved in taxes, over the last 5 years. And someone who finally has his men’s back. My Choice (Solution) Is Sheriff Ed McMahon.

    The Unknown WPD Cop- From the 80’s

  • Rick Graves says:

    If you are going to lie at least have the guts to give your name so I will know who to call a liar to their face if I seem them.

  • wannabeX says:

    I agree hypocrite,,,It’s the “Family & Friends Clique”,if you want to hire your family, do so,,, nepotism, favoritism does happen and is never a good thing in the public or private sector. There should be strict rules especially in local uniformed government.It brings morale down and could lead to legal issues. Not sure if NHC has anti-nepotism policies but if they don’t they should, especially in the 1st,2nd,3rd,4th degree in family. Now Why?? is this person still an employee? What does he know and may tell if he’s fired ? I know of some who have never done anything but serve the Sheriff faithfully,,, they are out of a job, Why??

  • Blue55 says:

    Sid Causey has a track record of hiring family members of those he considers morally above reproach and Christian. For that reason, many of those Sid surrounds himself with are to simply insulate his family’s long lawsuit and human rights violations history, reputation and actions. This tactic is very confusing to many people that the many good moral character people who work for the department, were in complete submission to the Hothead tyrannical redhead, Sid Causey.

  • Sickandtired says:

    I’m sick of hearing how great McMahon is. None of you have a clue, nor have you worked for him. He promotes his buddies, giving one of them a 22% raise which is unheard of considering most of the deputies are getting 1 to 2 %. He has hired his mother, his brother-in-law, a cousin, etc. who do whatever the heck they want because no one will say anything to them. A Christian? I don’t ever question anyone’s faith but this guy has repeatedly promoted this one lieutenant, who, while being married, has amassed a sexual harassment complaint, and numerous affairs including one while at the FBI national academy and the latest one with a female subordinate, who by the way is also married. McMahon has never taken any action against him, other than covering it up and promoting him. And yes McMahon is aware of them all. So you be the judge. Hypocrite comes to mind. He seems to be a nice guy when he shakes your hand and grins at you. I’m sorry but appearances don’t make a good sheriff,

  • guest111 says:

    Rumor has it Causey is getting ready to mount an ad attack in the paper. He just doesn’t know when to stop. He has disgraced himself, made a fool of himself and he has shown he has a short fused temper. Anything he prints can be checked for accuracy. If you have doubts about what he says (and surely you wouldn’t take him at his word)the facts can be found somewhere. Look for it and don’t think for one minute what Causey says is the gospel. It isn’t.

  • WannabeX says:

    Rumor!!!! I heard rumors too… Is it true ? or Rumor.. That the Sheriff has gone to several Black Church’s in the community, standing in the pulpit telling them he is a Christian man? ( heard this from church member )then giving them sizable donations, was it for the black vote? These church members wanted to know what has he done for the Black community before now and his intentions to them if he wins .I also heard a rumor that he has been doing special favors for his Church congregation…like tickets, special entrance into his jail without proper clearance per jail procedures .etc…but these are just rumors that I want answers to before I vote,,,because a true Christian would never do these things for gain, would he?? I want to know….

  • coleman says:

    You’d be hard pressed to find anyone, politician or ordinary citizen, as passionate about Wilmington as Ricky Meeks is.

  • taxpayer says:

    “Both lack any real qualification.”

    I doubt you’ve ever had a conversation with Ricky. While you may feel that all Ricky is, is someone you see walking around town, I can assure you he is quite intelligent and very informed with regards to the issues. Instead of simply dismissing Ricky because he has never won an election and because he doesn’t come across as “polished”, take some time to get to know him.

    As far as Marc is concerned, how can you possibly say he is unqualified? A graduate of the FBI Academy, 20+ years of law enforcement experience…and you say that isn’t being qualified? Fortunately, Marc is not beholden to any special interest group. Unless you call the citizens of the County who expect law & order “special interest”.

  • Bill O'Brien says:

    I am proud to be able to say that I know both of these gentlemen. I cannot fathom how or why you would take time to say anything derisive about Ricky Meeks. It explains why you don’t have the balls to use your real name. It is always easy to flame people when hiding behind a keyboard.

    As for Marc Benson, what exactly about him makes you think he isn’t qualified for the position of Sheriff? You do realize that he was once McMahon’s supervisor? He has all the credentials that a sheriff would need and then some.

    I am assuming that you either support McMahon or Causey. McMahon has shown that he is completely incapable of running a tight ship. He is a nice guy but, that doens’t make him a good leader and law enforcement needs a leader right now.

    Ask anyone in law enforcement that has been around here for awhile and they will tell you the same thing. Sid Causey should be in federal prison right now for what he did in Tampa, FL. The only reason he isn’t is due to the fact that the feds had bigger fish to fry at the time. Under Causey, the New Hanover County Narcotics Unit has done nothing but breed corruption.

    Next time you want to slam some people, have the integrity to use your name.

  • RSmith says:

    I completely agree! It’s pathetic!

  • Tracie C says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’d vote for the guy who didn’t make an eyesore with those stupid signs that litter our roadways……

  • wannabeX says:

    The Strickland incident was an awful tragedy and Sid Causey owned up to it and removed all who were closely involved…Ed McMahon was going to rehire this officer until he figured out it wouldn’t be good publicity for his campaign. Now why would he rehire this person ? I’m pretty sure he has something to gain from it, as this is the way he operates his Dept..BUT maybe he needs a good trained to kill “SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER”.

  • inside man says:

    You may want to ask yourself why gang unit detectives are forced handle law enforcement issues not connected to gang activity. Why they have to investigate cases not related to gang activity what so ever. Why they have in the past spent entire shifts working on cases assigned to them because they were “on call” in a general investigator rotation all while gang members were gaining a foothold on the community especially the schools. Why are some vehicles in the detective division outfitted with thousands of dollars of equipment while others must scavenge used antiquated equipment from boxes in a storage room. Up until Detective Spencer’s shooting I have never seen a gang unit do so little gang investigating not because they are lazy but because their hands are bound by egos.

  • The Watcher says:

    All Sheriff’s do that. Sheriff’s are LEOs until they get elected and after their first Sheriff’s conference, they become dedicated politicians. Their number one priority is to get re-elected and law enforcement runs a distant second place. McMahon and Causey are no different. The problem with Causey is that he missed the respect and power that the title of Sheriff gets. No one knows him since he retired and he sees a chance to re-gain that power now. His time in office was marred by scandals and costly mistakes just like McMahon’s.

  • PublicAvenger says:

    If you call, putting Christ first, and being happily married, for over 25 years, and a dedicated father, a “wuss”. Then I guess Sheriff Ed McMahon is as guilty as it gets.

    Don’t mistake courtesy, and kindness, for weakness. Sheriff McMahon graduated from the Vermont Highway Patrol, and the FBI National Police School, with flying colors. I can personally attest to what an outstanding officer he was, when he was in Patrol. He has cut out a lot of the fat, in the Sheriff’s Dept. And made a few tough decisions. Which means he has made a few enemies.

    He is “Politically Incorrect”, and will give a deputy the benefit of every doubt. Even though he has taken a few arrows, for them. But he has had to cut out a few sick ones, for the sake of the herd. Yes, he is “nice” to his deputies. But he has stood down crime, corruption, and waste, at every turn.

  • taxpayer says:

    Sid was a disaster, McMahon is a wuss…the only real candidate who will stand up for the residents of New Hanover County and fight for our rights is…Marc Benson.

    And before those of you who feel Marc isn’t the right person for the job, ask yourself one question. What did Sid do to combat crime and what has McMahon done?

  • Ex says:

    McMahon is the first Sheriff to stop the nonsense bullying Sid Causey and his relative King Judge W. Allen Cobb did to keep WPD and Sheriff’s deputies from working together to combat gang crime and Sid has even covered up crimes in his own family.

  • Citizen Jason says:

    Marc Benson, Ricky Meeks, and Gary Coleman, are “attention hams”. They are “Also-Rans”. People who show up in elections. Knowing they have no chance, knowing they are a joke, but knowing they can “ham it up” like he did four years ago. And like he will do again, four years from now.
    Also-Ran: Also ran in the election.

  • Pat Adams says:

    Where is Marc Benson in this?

  • The Unknown Truth Teller says:

    Where is Benson ? Dead Last. Where he has been for the last several elections. Where he will be for the next several elections.

  • guest111 says:

    This forum is for the only two qualified candidates. If you have been around Wilmington for any length of time you know that Marc Benson’s name is only a token on the ballot. I don’t understand how these men put their names up for election yet you don’t hear a word from them. Who is Vaughan? As for Benson and Causey what exactly is wrong with the sheriff’s department and how could you positively correct a problem? Don’t want to hear I will try and do this and that. . HOW CAN YOU FIX WHAT EVER IS WRONG? INCLUDING GANG PROBLEMS. Are you willing to work with the chief of police in a cordial manner?? If not, why?

  • PublicAvenger says:

    One of the first things Sheriff McMahon did, was get rid of the helicopter. I never understood why we needed to spend a million dollars a year, patrolling Myrtle Grove, and Castle Hayne, each night, with a helicopter.

    I remember they made a huge deal about a missing person, who wondered into a field, in Castle Hayne, five years ago. The helicopter was used “to help locate her”. Basically, we spent a million dollars to locate a woman, who would have eventually found her way to the road, anyway.

    By scraping the helicopter, Sheriff McMahon has already saved millions, in tax dollars. He has brought us forward, in so many aspects. The last thing we need, right now, is Causey. And another helicopter.

  • Just Cause says:

    Sheriff Causey’s pilot lived in Pilots Ridge next to Ocean Forest Lakes and he was chasing kids on weekend nights then calling for deputies on the ground. The kids went out of their way to do petty stuff to get their attention so they could make the helicopter come chase them. They caused more trouble by doing that.

  • antithug says:

    What about Mark Benson? He is a canidate also.

  • Citizen Jason says:

    Just like Ricky Meeks. Marc has been a losing candidate, over the last 20 years. Both lack any real qualification. Both always get skunked. Both make total clowns of themselves. But, they get to ham it up, every four years. Seeing themselves on the news.

    I guess they will continue running, and losing, over the next 20 years. They’ll be even older then Causey.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …he’s done, washed up. Been there, done it. We’ve seen enough and don’t need anymore.

    Don’t waste your time and money Sid. Running for sherrif again is nothing other than an exercise in futility…

  • guest 1234 says:

    Causey is a has-been. I don’t know which group of good old boys sitting around the porch talked him into this, but they didn’t do him any favors, and he wouldn’t do our county any favors either.

    This is a great example of needing to fade away. Going back to the way things used to be would be HORRIBLE! What a mistake! I actually like seeing the city/county working together. That makes sense! How much are we saving by doing that? Causey would NEVER do something as smart as that!

  • Left & Right says:

    There is no telling how many college kids and cops would have been shot by now if Sid Causey had stayed in. The Peyton Strickland lawsuit cost us county property owners 2 million to show the true light HOTHEAD Sid really was and how people that reported to him behaved in their tax funded blacked out SUV’s. Cool, calm and focused on the real problem is best in these dangerous times with the gangs.

  • James E. Lewis says:

    When election time rolls around I will be casting my vote for the current Sheriff of New Hanover County. Sheriff McMahon in my opinion is doing a wonderful job. For someone to say that he isn’t running a tight ship ask those members of his force who were fired because they could not wear the uniform with honor and did a disservice to themselves and the people of this community. The blame the Sheriff or the Chief of Police for a rise in gang activity is crazy. I don’t see either one of these men holding a gun to the heads of these criminals forcing them to commit crime. Sid blames Sheriff McMahon for getting rid of after school programs to stop gang activity did he ever consider that the program may have been a waste of money or the county commissioners did not allocate enough funds to continue these programs. Sometimes you must know when to cut your loses and I’m glad to see that there is someone in the office who is using his common senses.

  • Guest457653 says:

    People should open their eyes a lot wider. I hear many deputies will not be getting pay raises this year after a study was don that said they were making enough for there current position. But it is yet to be the study cost at least 100,000 dollars to do more money you could be giving to deputies instead of out the door. Also look up the amount of money spent on to get this accreditation which seems to be just a waste. Time money spent on this instead of real crime fighting. Also the county commissions only approve the amount of money that is used for raises not who get them. That is all up to the sheriff. His lowest ranking lt is making 71,000 a year if you don’t believe me look up some if the salaries and what they should be it’s ashamed. All I can say is get out vote and let your voices be heard.

  • jj says:

    Sid, I hope you are reading these post. I started working with you under Sheriff Grohman. You have always been power hungry and will do anything to make yourself look good.

    You had your chance and you decided to step down. So, please do all of us a favor and go away. I know and talk to a lot of Deputies and most of them don’t want you back.

    Sid when you disagree with someone have the information in hand if you are going to call them a liar, You are dumb enough at the end to state the School Board paid for the Deputies and so McMahon was correct in his count.

    Bonus and raise are done by the County Commissioners and not the Sheriff. So, he most be doing a great job to get a bonus and raise.

    Also, don’t forget you made enough money that you could give Perdue $2000.00. You have a comment on you Site that states “Sheriff McMahon’s salary is $118,187.00 and his Chief Deputy is $107,654.57. With salaries such as these, why would he feel the need to give himself, his Chief Deputy, and several of his senior staff member’s bonuses? ”

    What was your salary? $144,226

    You are still the arrogant jerk you have always been.

  • Stumped says:

    Was wondering about Sid,didn’t he take early retirement and received a bonus to do so and if reelected would he repay that bonus money,and how does an elected official retire anyway,shouldn’t it be if not elected you know longer are employed.

  • Will Montgomery says:

    My family has personally known both candidates over the years, and I can say without a doubt or hesitation that Ed McMahon is the best possible person to lead our county and community. He is a man of utmost character, conviction, and absolute truth. He leads with a true servant’s heart, and anyone who has lived here over the last five years can attest to that. Our city is safer, cleaner, and the future has never looked so bright for New Hanover County. Thanks, Ed. You will always have my vote…

  • Old Guy says:

    Yes being the Old Guy I have worked with all of these people. Sid is a liar and a crook! He didn’t start the Gang Task Force Sheriff McQueen did and Police Chief Cease. Get it straight Sid. His leadin the Vice and Narrcotics Unit was the reason we no longer have a County/City Vice Unit. He cheated the City our of thousands of money from the busts that they both made. He wasted more time cheating and lying about things money, personel, equipment etc. than anyone in the history of the Department. Sid was the absolute WORST Sheriff New Hanover County ever had. Yes Ed is like milk toast and he lets his Chief Deputy Ms. Looka Like a Man, walka like a man and talka like man run the Department but he has done somewhat better than his predecessors.
    I also worked for Marc Benson. He is black and white no gray areas at all. He is brash and opinionated but he will get rid of the “good ole boys” and straighten out the rest of them. Both of these two guys have had their chance to show what they got which isn’t much. We need new blood and new ideas to get the job done right this time. Please look at the issues and the candidates very carefully before casting your vote.
    Remember if you don’t vote you have no right to gripe!

    P.S. Yes Sid has one of the worst tempers a Sheriff needs to have. When he gets mad he turns all red, the veins in his neck poke out, screams , yells and he has one of the filthiest mouths you can imagine! Believe me I know from experience! “GOOD OLE BOY”

  • Lisa's Two Cents says:

    If 100 year old Causey, tried to fly a kite. He would run 10 steps, and fall over, dead.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Most but not all sheriffs are the same. They just have a certain arrogance that is easily detected. I have sat down with sheriffs from all over the state and they believe they are the best thing that law enforcement has seen. Its their way or the highway and cant be told a thing. Sid definitely has that same attitude.

  • Deputydawg says:

    Ed sounded like a used car salesman and kept saying the same thing over and over. The facts show that the Sheriff has assigned 16 deputies to the Wilmington Police Department “in the spirit of cooperation”. Well, there is a fine line between cooperation and being taken advantage of. I am all about helping other agencies out, but not at the expense of your duties. Ed has repeatedly said that he has his constitutional duties and the duty of providing law enforcement for the unincorporated parts of the county, and he is right. I used to see deputies’ cars all over those areas including my neighborhood. I rarely see any county cars since Ed gave all those positions to the city. I at least used to pass them on the main roads but not anymore. Now crime is on the increase in theses areas. I don’t care about the stats Ed keeps spewing, I care about the safety of my family. There was a shooting today near my home, and a robbery last week. Heck, you can’t even go to Costco without someone taking your car by gunpoint. I paid almost $3000 in property taxes last year and I would like to at least like to feel safe in my neighborhood, or as Benson said, at the grocery store or the movies, I am sick of McMahon’s lies. Oh and the 16 positions? 9 are in the projects, 6 downtown with the bars, and 1 in the chopper. I would love to have just one assigned to my neighborhood, much less 9.

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