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.

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...
TaterSalad August 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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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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