Robo Calls Sweep Lansing

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email



Lansing phones have been flooded with an unnamed robo call after an unusual confrontation at Monday's City Council meeting.

Many in the Lansing area have received as many as three robo calls in a 24 hour period. A woman's voice narrates the calls. The calls come from an undisclosed number and no individual or organization has come out to lay claim for them.

The calls come after council women Washington said Mayor Bernero called her "Eric Hewitt in Drag."

"This is hearsay and innuendo and I suggest that you get your facts," said Mayor Bernero to Washington at the meeting Monday night. "I never, never referred to you that way."

Today Washington spoke out about the recent calls and her being called names.

"It was brought to me by somebody who had, actually a couple people, who would rather not be named, saying that he had made a derogatory comment about me and I just confronted it and said I wanted it stopped on Monday night," said Jody Washington, the first ward council member.

It has become a war of words of 'he said' and 'she said.'

"Council women Washington made this an issue by attacking me Monday night," said Mayor Bernero Wednesday afternoon. "It was irresponsible and false."

There aren't a lot of details about who informed Washington or how they allegedly heard the mayor's comment. When I questioned her about specifics of how her informant(s) found out about the Mayor's alleged comments she didn't offer many details.

Johnson -- "And they (the informants) heard it in a conversation or something?"
Washington -- "I don't know how it happened ok."

"It certainly looks synchronized," said Bernero. "It orchestrated, controlled and planned."

"I just really want the public to know that I have nothing to do with this," said Washington. "I apologize for any annoyance, and If I do find out who is doing it, I will take appropriate action."

Bernero says he deserves an apology.

"If I hear something bad, that there's bad blood between us I call you up. I don't go give a speech on TV. Have an orchestrated thing and then have a YouTube of it up the next day."

All Lansing voters want is their phone to stop ringing. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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