Former state GOP Chair Tony Sutton files for bankruptcy

MinnPost file photo by Jay Weiner
Former state GOP Chair Tony Sutton shown at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.

Tony Sutton, who’d resigned as chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party as the organization’s massive debt came into focus at the end of 2011, was listed in the Star Tribune’s bankruptcy filings section on Monday:

Anthony Gerard Sutton and Bridget Mary Cronin Sutton, as surety for JC Food Systems and Sutton Enterprises, doing business as Baja Sol, as surety for IGH Cantina, doing business as Baja Sol Tortilla Grill, 8540 Bechtel Av., Inver Grove Heights; filed Aug. 23, 13-34121; Chap. 7; assets, $296,404; liabilities, $2,134,346.

Sutton had been CEO of the Baja Sol restaurant chain while serving as party chair from 2009 to 2011 but didn’t take a salary from the party until July, 2011, when it was announced that he’d be paid $100,000 a year for his political work.

City Pages and Bluestem Prairie each note that tipsters alerted them to the item-of-interest in the easy-to-miss bankruptcy filings list on Page D4.

Bluestem Prairie also notes that Bridget Sutton filed for divorce from him earlier this year.

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 09/03/2013 - 01:05 pm.

    Do what I say…

    Mr. Personal Responsibility and Mr. Family Values all rolled into one

  2. Submitted by Jim Camery on 09/03/2013 - 03:13 pm.

    Another victim?

    I hope this wasn’t the consequence of gay people marrying and ruining everyone else’s marriage.

  3. Submitted by Joe Musich on 09/03/2013 - 03:48 pm.

    Guess he…

    did not get enough govamint aid!

  4. Submitted by Richard Steuland on 09/03/2013 - 05:57 pm.

    The GOP is loosing relevance because of refusal to change

    Sutton kept to the old ways when acting as party chair. Change is part of life but the GOP refuses to admit that their base of older white people is changing. The base of this party is shrinking at a rate of .50 each year. This means that there will be a decrease of 1% every two years. Until they remove the Religious hard liners from their midst they will become less and less relevant. The younger generation has the distinction of dropping organized religion.. Social wedge issues like Gay marriage , God and Guns don’t move them towards the GOP. Economic issues like living wage jobs, student loan rates, fair tax rates, economic justice and climate change will drive the vote in future elections. The GOP had taken he loosing side here as well. The Tea Party is seen by the majority as a freak show and is not taken seriously by the larger voting public. The failures of policy for which many republicans are responsible also haunts and greatly diminishes any credibility remaining. Embarrassing faces such as Bachman, Gohmert, Perry, King ect also turn many away. A bunch of irrational religious bigots is a poor face to attract a hip and more accepting next generation. Change or die is the issue facing the GOP.

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/04/2013 - 06:50 am.

      Yours is the best summary of the situation I’ve seen

      The GOP is TERRIFIED of change.

      But they are in a real bind. Every change they could make along the lines of your suggestion looks like self-destruction to them. Every such change will enrage one or more of their primary support groups and diminish THAT support.

      So for the GOP, it’s damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t.

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