Early Mudslinging in City Council Campaign

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko says she was horrified when she saw, what she calls, a threatening Facebook post by local campaign consultant, Joe DiSano.

It read, "Stand against Chong-Anna Canfora and you will be humbled old country way." It's a threat often used on Twitter by the extremely profane former professional wrestler 'The Iron Sheik'.

Canfora is running against Yorko for her Fourth-Ward City Council seat. Yorko says that's not what the campaign process is about.

"It's about an exchange of ideas that help us move forward and do better for the people that we represent and the people we serve, not about annihilating other people," she said.

Not long after the first post, Canfora's husband responded with 'There will be blood'. News 10 caught up with Canfora, who says the posts weren't officially from her campaign and shouldn't be taken seriously.

"Joe DiSano is a friend of my husband's. He is not employed by my campaign and frankly, after this dust up, he wouldn't be," she said.

She also says Yorko is overreacting.

"They looked immature, drawn out of context, and weren't directed at Councilwoman Yorko," said Canfora.

While Canfora doesn't know who they were directed to, another supporter of her's, Thomas Morgan told News 10 over the phone the comments were aimed at an endorsing organization he wouldn't name.

That doesn't matter to Yorko.

"By making that statement, you are involving anyone who is running against you," she said.

Canfora says Yorko is just trying to draw attention away from the race itself.

"My opponent seems to be trying to distract and talk about things other than her record," she said.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2013 at 04:57 AM
    Elections were so much more fun when the candidates actually flung mud at each other.
  • by jim Location: davis on Apr 24, 2013 at 03:18 AM
    DiSano is a blowhard. But if you want to give Luke Canfora and AFL-CIO a proxy council seat, by all means, vote Chong-Canfora.
  • by REN Location: Lansing on Apr 23, 2013 at 06:45 PM
    Canfora will NOT get my vote. She claims these statements did not come OFFICIALLY from her campaign and washed her hand of the matter. The comments from her husband and his friend are immature and insulting, and have no place in the electoral process. Canfora IS RESPONSIBLE for statements made on her behalf. The fact she did not IMMEDIATELY denounce those comments shows a lack of integrity and potentially supports the content. Canfora should get her people on leashes, run a clean, respectful campaign, or drop out.
  • by kristen Location: Kinney on Apr 23, 2013 at 09:06 AM
    Wont post the previous comment huh?
  • by Jason Location: Lawson on Apr 23, 2013 at 08:20 AM
    I had thought about voting for Ms. Canfora. I certainly won't be now if these are the immature antics she and her supporters think are what this City needs. She needs to grow up.
  • by Dave Location: Lansing on Apr 23, 2013 at 07:41 AM
    Anybody But Yorko!
  • by Kristen Location: Kinney on Apr 23, 2013 at 06:24 AM
    This garbage ws reported on but not the event at city hall where National Crime Victim's Week was kicked off honoring those who lost loved ones to violence????? It was a wonderful night that started the City Hall meeting off but you chose to report this. Shame!
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 23, 2013 at 05:33 AM
    "I hope someone screencaps it." Just another Internet Tough Guy who would probably wet himself if actually confronted by anyone. Anyone can be big and bad over the Internet. And starting drama on Facebook? Is this guy 13?
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