Tony Sutton and Baja Sol owed over $250,000 in back taxes

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Tony Sutton had to beat away the debt collectors.
Tony Sutton was apparently as bad with his own money as he was with the Minnesota Republican Party's, according to records obtained by City Pages.

Sutton "sold out" of Baja Sol, the Mexican restaurant chain he ran with his wife, Bridget Sutton, in February, and left the eateries thousands of dollars in debt to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The state placed several liens against various Baja Sol companies last fall, including Sutton Enterprises, LLC, which owed $93,114 in unpaid taxes.

Sutton declined to discuss the lien, saying it was a settled matter, and adding: "I don't want to talk about it because it's my personal business and you're obviously on some kind of witch hunt."
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Click on the image to see the tax liens for Baja Sol.
Sutton also declined to discuss Baja Sol franchises that had liens taken out against them while he was still on the payroll.

Baja St. Louis Park, for instance, had a lien taken out against it on October 19, 2010, for $41,177 with the Secretary of State's office, and another October 21, 2010, for $41,147 with Dakota County. Those were not paid off until May 4, 2011, after Sutton left Baja Sol.

Baja Roseville had two liens taken out against it last winter: the first, on December 23, 2010, for $50,128, with Ramsey County, and the second, January 20, for $46,749 with the Secretary of State.

Those were paid off last April, after Sutton left the company.

The other Baja Sol enterprise to have liens taken against it was JC Food Systems, LLC. JC Food Systems had two liens taken against it on October 19, 2010, with Hennepin County and the Secretary of State's office, for $43,506 and $20,482 respectively. That was not paid off until last April.

Baja Sol attorney Jack Harper declined to discuss the liens.

The unpaid tax liens weren't the only debts accumulated by Baja Sol with Sutton at the helm: Baja Sol and Tony Sutton are being sued by the landlord of the Inver Grove Heights Baja Sol for unpaid rent.

Sutton recently resigned his position as chairman of the Republican Party, leaving the GOP with nearly half a million dollars of debt.

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MsInformed
MsInformed

"Sutton recently resigned his position as chairman of the Republican Party, leaving the GOP with nearly half a million dollars of debt."

The figure needs an update. Talking Points Memo had a story on this today and stated that the Minnesota Republican Party was 2 million in debt. It appears that Sutton was not being forthcoming about Republican finances in FEC reports.

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Tony Sutton's bib

Oh, poor Tony Sutton, why is City Pages picking on him. He was such a likeable guy who never did anything wrong. (Can I get a bucket I'm about to throw up.)

Mukluk
Mukluk

Singling out this company from the hundreds that fell behind in tax payments during the recession does sound like a witch hunt. Restaurants all over got hit hard the last 3 years. Why pick out this one? They paid their taxes, and everything got caught up. Sounds to me like City Pages is trying a "look at us too" pile on strategy to keep up with the big boy papers.

Duane Atter
Duane Atter

Another fine example of the fiscally conservative GOP in MN

webcelt
webcelt

I just want to point out to the commenters referring to Sutton's weight that if he were skinny, he would still be behind on his taxes and running the MNGOP into the ground. Why do all overweight people have to share the blame? Should all white people be blamed for what he did? Should all men, all middle-aged people? But I don't see references to "forty-something Tony".

Bristling Badger
Bristling Badger

Give this Government freeloader the boot. There are many more like Sutton in the ranks of the GOP! #WiUnion #MnLeg #Stribpol #MnGOP #MN

Fancy Jay
Fancy Jay

My favorite Tony Sutton memory, his whining about how the Republicans "won't be rolled again" at the end of last year's election when Dayton and Emmer were headed for a recount. 

Why is it OK for Sutton to roll his company's and his political party's creditors again and again? 

A party that would allow that buffoon to be its (fat) face and amass debt as he did ain't a party I want to be a part of. 

I sure hope the GOP gets its finances turned around and preserves the sanctity of marriage. 

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

The Republican Party: first to inspect your bedroom, last to give up their financial records.

jww
jww

Like we needed this information to know that he is a shit-spined fuck-face. 

Dipper Well
Dipper Well

Sutton recently resigned his position as chairman of the Republican Party, leaving the GOP with nearly half a million dollars of debt.

update: the most recent estimate of the Republican Party of Minnesota's outstanding unpaid debt is about $1.25 million.

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Tony Sutton's bib

Yeah, perhaps they were tipped off. I'd argue somebody who thrust himself into the public spotlight, even if he weren't elected to the position, is worthy of scrutiny in his business dealings. There are a lot of questions about not only how Sutton amassed the debt he did on behalf of the GOP, but also questions if he did things less than legally. If there's evidence a guy can't handle his personal fiscal matters responsibly, that's relevant. If I'm forking over dough to the GOP I'd want to know how bad he messed up versus how much he was a victim of unfortunate circumstances, because guess whose door the GOP is gonna come knocking at very soon. The more I know about Sutton, the better, it will help me decide my future spending. I'd have a lot of questions, about the state party as well as Sutton, were I giving up my first born for the "good" of the party.

Maddyayn
Maddyayn

 You gotta wonder where City Pages got this. Not like the alt paper is perusing this kind of stuff on a regular basis.

Ray Jay
Ray Jay

I really wanted to compare his appearance to Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movie. 

Darling
Darling

You people are dumb, all this information is public knowledge and is recorded by the State. Same goes with all the liquor back taxes.  You don't need to be "tipped" off to a search you can do in 10 seconds.  Today anything you do, especially business-related, is recorded and made available in an online database somewhere and nearly all media reporters know that and use that for their stories.  

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