Royal Oak Businessman Stars in Stabenow Ad

A political ad launched Monday for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has a familiar face.

If you think that handsome guy you just saw in a political ad looks like your neighbor - it just might be.

The familiar face of Royal Oak businessman Michael “Chet” Chetcuti, president and CEO of Livonia-based American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), is featured prominently in U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s first commercial of the general election season.

The "Companies Like Mine" ad, which began airing on Monday, highlights the Democratic senator’s work in writing a bill to crack down on illegal China trade.

“China was a really large market for us,” said Chetcuti. “We watched it go down to zero, as they stole our intellectual property."

AEV manufactures high quality Jeep Wrangler accessories for adventure vehicle enthusiasts.

"They even copied our instruction manual so that if someone has a problem in China, they call our office here for support,” Chetcuti said. “I called (Stabenow) and I said, ‘We need to talk.’ We’ve created over 500 good jobs. If we don’t solve this counterfeit parts problem, we can kiss those jobs goodbye.”

In addition to starring in Stabenow's ad, Chetcuti has also been stumping with senator this week.

“I’ve been on the road with Senator Stabenow for the past 48 hours,” said Chetcuti on Tuesday.

Joe Buzo September 19, 2012 at 07:07 PM
You should put safety Glasses on Ms. Stabenow. It is a State and Federal violation not to wear the required safety equipment. Were she a Republican the Obama administration would have had here written up for a federal safety violation and for being "outta touch" with the working class. For that matter, I believe Mr. Chetcuti should be wearing them himself while he is in the facility. Just saying.
drs September 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
It's a commercial and Joe you really spent that much time looking at what they weren't wearing? Just saying.
Chet Offensive November 13, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Joe fuck off


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