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UPDATE: Barney Frank Event in Royal Oak Postponed

The outgoing former Congressman will attend a reception for U.S. Rep. Gary Peters - a candidate for U.S. Senate - at the Royal Oak home of Michael Chetcuti and Kyle Evans.

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will be in Royal Oak on Jan. 5. Photo credit: wellesley.patch.com
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will be in Royal Oak on Jan. 5. Photo credit: wellesley.patch.com
UPDATE: The reception with Barney Frank for U.S. Congressman Gary Peters has been postponed due to weather. Patch will update the new date and time when information becomes available.


The following was posted on Dec. 29.


Former Congressman Barney Frank, 73, will attend a reception for U.S. Congressman Gary Peters - a candidate for U.S. Senate - at the Royal Oak home of Michael Chetcuti and Kyle Evans on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Serving in Congress from 1981-2012, Frank has been a leader in the fight against discrimination, championed civil rights and financial reform, and was an architect of the financial regulations aimed at preventing a recurrence of the financial crisis. 

In 1987, he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as openly gay, and in 2012, he married his longtime partner, becoming the nation’s first Congressman in a same-sex marriage while in office.

While in Royal Oak, Frank will give a nod to Peters (D-MI 14), who announced in May that he will run for Carl Levin's senate seat. Levin is retiring.

"Gary Peters is a salt of the earth kind of guy that is solidly behind the LTGB community," said Chetcuti.

Chetcuti and Evans have previously opened their modernist/automotive themed home, located at 827 E. Fourth St., to the likes of Pres. Bill Clinton and U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Al Franken, to name just a few.

This event it open to the public.

If you go


  • When: Sunday, Jan. 5 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: The home of Michael “Chet” Chetcuti & Kyle Evans
  • RSVP: Click http://action.petersformichigan.com/ev140105 to RSVP or call Elisa Malile at 248-318-5421 or email event@petersformichigan.com.
Mark Itall December 29, 2013 at 08:49 PM
You neglected to mention that Rep. Frank also bears a huge responsibility as a cause of the collapse due to his incompetent regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and irresponsibly forcing banks to loan huge amounts to individuals incapable of making the mortgage payments.
K. Scott December 30, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Yep Mark, he did it all by himself. He wrote all the loans, processed all the paper work, filed all the titles. Yep, Frank was the only person. He also bundled all the loans together and sold them as investments.
Mark Itall December 31, 2013 at 12:31 AM
A silly and pointless commentary K. It obviously took a lot of people to cause the crash. But you cannot simply excuse his very significant contribution to the crash with silly sarcasm. His position in Congress put him in charge of Fannie, Freddie and policies that were enforced. He blew that badly.
K. Scott December 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Silly , silly Mark, Here's what the other side did whilst this was going on. "But months after Mr. Gingrich left Congress, his direct involvement became clear, as his consulting company signed a $25,000-a-month contract with Freddie. In 2006, he signed a second contract with Freddie as a strategic adviser, a role he described initially as a “historian.” Thanks right, they were padding their pockets. I know you would like to believe one person caused all of this. But hey, let's just blame Obama for the cold today. If I follow your very narrow line of thinking.
JH January 05, 2014 at 11:42 AM
K, are you denying that as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011), Mr. Frank did not bear a huge responsibility in the collapse as stated by Mr. Itall? Your response specifically addressed only "others", Gingrich and Obama.
K. Scott January 05, 2014 at 01:58 PM
JH, while Frank certainly bears some, he is not solely responsible and to suggest that is knee jerk. Lax oversight combined with pure greed was just several factors. If we chose only to look at facts that support out narrow views then we risk repeating the same mistakes.
Mark Itall January 08, 2014 at 03:27 AM
Ah, finally K. sees some light. Re-read again K. I did not say Frank is solely responsible, but the article was falsely one-sided and you are just extremely touchy. No one who had part in causing the debacle can be excused because they are on "your/my side".
K. Scott January 08, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Nice knee jerk response Mark. I don't think I misunderstood exactly what you were implying. Mark Itall December 29, 2013 at 08:49 PM You neglected to mention that Rep. Frank also bears a huge responsibility as a cause of the collapse due to his incompetent regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and irresponsibly forcing banks to loan huge amounts to individuals incapable of making the mortgage payments
Mark Itall January 09, 2014 at 02:07 AM
K, your clearly rabid partisanship is seriously affecting your reading comprehension. What I stated about Frank are established facts that were conveniently ignored by the writer. Never said Frank was the only one, you choose to read that in, your error. This was a deficient snippet about Frank, not the many others who helped make the mess.
K. Scott January 09, 2014 at 09:12 AM
rabid partisanship, Wow Mark, conservapsychosis has effected you deeply. You have no idea how I vote. I do know you can turn in to a child instantly, however. My advice? Put you big boy pants on and grow up. I copied and pasted you own words and you deny saying it, WOW.
Mark Itall January 10, 2014 at 01:48 AM
You are correct, I do not know how you vote. But your over the top response is indicative. Once again, trying to make this simple, show me where what I wrote says that Frank was the sole source of our crash? Good luck.
K. Scott January 10, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Read the very first comment Mark. Hint ( t's yours) I was simply mirroring you.
Mark Itall January 12, 2014 at 05:15 PM
K, once again, highlight where I state that Frank is the sole source. You can't, because it isn't there, as he is one of many, many who screwed America. Specify which charge is inaccurate; Fannie Mae? Freddie Mac? Legislation to force banks to change to poor loan standards? Sorry, no go there either, well documented in Federal records. If this article had been about some prominent banker responsible for packaging BS derivatives and didn't mention it, my comments would have been roughly the same.

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