Video: Candidate, Blogger Fight in Front of Shelby Township Polls

Patch was on the scene when a fight broke out between a Shelby Township candidate, campaigners and a blogger outside a polling place Tuesday afternoon, after the man was seen painting over political signs nearby.

An altercation between a Township candidate, her husband, the wife of another candidate and a local blogger broke out Tuesday afternoon in front of precincts 23 and 24 in Shelby Township.

The scuffle was among , her husband Joe Manzella, Jean Leman (the wife of supervisor candidate Bob Leman), and Shelby Township political blogger Matt Guarnieri.

Guarnieri parked his truck in front of the  Tuesday afternoon at Crissman Elementary School off of 24 Mile Road. Guarnieri was painting over political signs for Leman and Manzella near the school when he was approached by Jean Leman, who was campaigning on behalf of her husband a few hundred feet away. Just seconds later, Manzella, who also was campaigning nearby, walked up, and her husband, who was in a campaign vehicle, approached Guarnieri.

A skirmish broke out between the campaigners and Guarnieri, and police arrived just minutes later.

No arrests were made at the scene and no serious injuries were reported. Shelby Township police took reports at the scene and said the incident remains under police investigation.

Note: The video contains expletives.

bill webber August 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Back to Tokyo for “Manzilla” she has done enough damage here .
bill webber August 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Both women should be charged as well as the “ man in the white truck”. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen. Mrs. “Manzilla” has a record of “favoritism” with the Shelby Township Police department . Furthermore, with all of Mr Lemans “buddies” on the police force nothing will come of it.
Steve Scheidemantle August 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Our elections are so con fluted anyway. If the candidates words worth anything they wouldn't need banners or anything. You would vote for them because you think there doing the right things without there own power trip with their own agenda.
rick August 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Mr. Webber, I have to give you props for not hiding beind a screen name and showing your full name, how ever, I feel you are either a great friend of the supervisor, and a fan of cronyism...you certainly get defensive for that whole crew..I have no friends on the board or running, and can tell that you have an "interest" in them...I am just a resident here and can deduct some things and have found out some things...and have come to my own conclusions....your posts are very directional and childish...I just wish our politicians were as transparent as you.
Dana Horton August 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Very grown up of you Mr. Webber.
Dana Horton August 08, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Why don’t the police support the current Supervisor?
Ken V August 08, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Please speak for yourself. I am not democrat or republican and vote accordingly. I care very much who represents our township in public office. They are the ones that ultimately make the decisions that effect our township the most. Mr. Stathakis should be extremely proud of a job well done. The current board has been able to balance the budget with surplus whilst not raising our taxes to do so. The old board would of preferred to waste your hard earned money for the benefit of special interests whilst not holding anyone accountable. Then they would of had to raise your taxes to pay for their lack of leadership. Also note, that I currently pay hundreds per year more than I should in property taxes. Whilst my property has decreased in value the township's assessor has raised the SEV to un-cap the taxable value each year. My house has recently appraised at 40k less than the value for which I am charged property tax. We need more people like Matt who care enough to make a difference. We also need more people that actually take the time to research what effects us most. People who understand it and care enough to do something about it.
Ken V August 08, 2012 at 11:06 PM
The police do support the supervisor. The only ones that don't are Leman and his pals who are also police officers. He is just disgruntled.
Michael Pikora August 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Ken , I was speaking for myself it is called an opinion. If you pay hundreds more in taxes on your property then you should then that's your fault. You can go to the city and voice your opinion on your taxes and the sec of your house. You just told me all I need to know about you by stating we need more people like Matt. Really????? What has Matt done for Shelby??? Just tell me one thing??? I'm waiting??? Exactly... Matt is like a teenager with his actions with the sign.
Michael Pikora August 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Dana I agree 100%. Bill are you in junior high???? Dennis, the video shows a lot of things. It shows four people not handling a situation very well. If Matt new how to express himself like an adult then none of that other stuff would have happened..... Way to put your blinders on.... Typical of someone guided by society instead of their own mind....
Michael Pikora August 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Ken, just so you dont hammer me on my typo. It was supposed to be SEV not SEC in my last post.
Michael Pikora August 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Ken, didn't you tell me to speak for myself in a earlier post? So how are you sitting here speaking for all the police officers by saying they do support Rick. Did you ask every single one of them? I doubt it...
Joe Victor August 09, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Its true, you can't fix stupid. Buy you can remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out!
Joe Victor August 09, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I have to say it is refreshing to see such passion for local politics. I'm not used to that. People typically get riled up for federal elections, but its these local elections that have far more influence over most people's day to day lives, and unfortunately most people do not take the time to educate themselves about local candidates.
Justin: The Concerned College Student August 09, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I hope the man painting and stealing the political signs is charged with Disorderly Conduct or Larceny AND Malicious Destruction of Property. It's apparent he's another one of our "stop watch" supervisor supporters. For those of you bashing the campaign affiliates and candidits, the signs were purchased with their campaign money, which makes them their private property. Despite the fact they are placed throughout the township for public influence, there is no justifiable excuse for driving around with a truck full of political signs with the intent to deface them! He is a pathetic and worthless citizen and should move out of our township if he is so distraught! His news interview was great, I laughed at this clown the whole time! Between his lisp and the news misreporting facts, such as Lisa running for clerk ... It was some all around great entertainment!
John Lang August 09, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You got it right about the entertainment part. This was a staged event and was later sensationalized in the media for it's entertainment value, as the man behind it intended it to be. This person is indeed distraught and has serious issues to deal with. It's a shame that our democratic process can't just take its normal course and let the voters decide on candidates based on the issues rather than be influenced by contrived silliness like this turned out to be. Kind of un-American when you think about it.
Steve Scheidemantle August 09, 2012 at 04:42 PM
It's ignorant to even have signs, their is no significance purpose for them their a blight on anyone's property. Your a fool if you helped contribute to any candidate thinking one person can change but their own wallets.
Joe Victor August 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Staged? Really? For who's benefit? Everyone in the video comes off looking like an idiot... I really doubt that the two candidates involved decided to commit political suicide by staging such a thing, and Matt the Blogger certainly didn't gain any credibility either. This was not staged, this is just a sad symptom of the current state of American politics. If we can learn to fight words with words, we can all benefit. Matt could say whatever he wanted on his blog or signs, and so could the candidates, and then the voters could decide who's worth listening to and who's being an idiot... In this case, every person in this video is an idiot, unworthy of an audience.
Dennis August 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
According to Matt, he retrieved them from the trash, which is nobody's property at that point. Until proven otherwise, have to assume he had legal possession. As for defacing, if he were charged, then the other three would be charges with Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Assault, Battery, Reckless Endangerment with a Motor Vehicle, Disturbing the Peace, Mayhem, Theft, and I'm sure a few more I'm missing. May not like his methods (I'm not condoning), but the resultant fiasco was nothing short of riotous behavior by the other three. And FTR, it's CANDIDATES.
Justin: The Concerned College Student August 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I will end this rant with an apology to the residents of Shelby Township. I am so very sorry that you the voters, can tolerate hidden agendas, bribes, dishonest politics, total corruption, and politicians who don't listen to the residents. I'm sure they will continue to laugh in your face. We all should have been walking around town saying, "thanks for coming down, your time is up." Instead, these Detroit like politicians just got the go ahead to drive this township into the ground. In fact, I'm sure Rick has already made a trip to Walmart to replace his worn out stop watch!
joe momma August 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
he must have forgot to take his meds!
Mike August 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Wow! I can't believe Matt hasn't piped up. I wouldn't have described any of what happened in the video as a "brawl". Looked like 4 people daring each other for a reason to sue each other.
Angela August 11, 2012 at 09:41 PM
He didn't steal them. And he was putting them up on his own property. It's pretty telling that the reporter didn't mention these facts.
Angela August 11, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Paula, the sooner we realize that all politicians are bullies, driven by nothing except the urge to glean power and control over the little people, the better off we'll all be.
Steve Scheidemantle August 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Bottom line we need "Change" and no sign is going to do that. I don't hide my name behind anyone that talks "S***" At least someone has the balls to stand for what they believe in. So when you lose the rest of your rights, because you need to pull off your diaper and pull out the pacifier. I love my Country but our Government has to go, we have allowed it to get way to big. Because ignorant people can't think for themselves.
macombresident August 12, 2012 at 03:38 AM
All four of them acted like a bunch of idiots...I was going to say children but even kids aren't this childish. The guy who spray painted the signs could surely have found a more productive way in which to get his message across & the other three should have just taped it & turned it over to the police rather than confronting him...stupid stupid stupid all the way around
Jean August 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
As I stated on an earlier site, the "F" word in front of the kids and the acting out is not an example for our young children or an example for our up and coming young voters. We all complain about how the younger generation act. The disrespect they show to us as well as their rage on the roads. Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Please people, grow up and be a good example. Lets instill courtesy back into our society. It seems that adults are getting more an more angry and displaying this in public. We are in hard times. All of us are but, this is not the way to show our kids how to handle confrontations or difference of opinions. Putting ones hands on another, using profanity under any circumstance, is unacceptable. What happened to days of respecting one another and allowing all to have an opinion with out judgement? Just be nice...
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booger douch October 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Mr. Manzella should have dropped Matt. If anyone grasped my wife like that, it would have been a crime scene. She was wrong for taking the defaced signs off his land, but when a man grabs a woman like that, wife or not, I would still bust his chops. They all have to grow up....
Dennis October 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I reviewed the video again... did not see Matt grabbing anyone... but DID see both Lisa and Joe put their hands on him... easy to see who were the aggressors. They should thank him for not filing charges and tarnishing their images. Pitiful.


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