Tony Sutton, former MNGOP boss, is more than $2 million in debt

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How is it possible to lose this much money selling burritos?
As we told you about last week, Tony Sutton, the former chair of the MNGOP, recently filed for bankruptcy.

SEE ALSO: MNGOP: 'No state party may be in worse financial shape,' writes Politico

Turns out that Sutton, a champion of fiscal responsibility during his tenure as MNGOP boss -- "We've got to get back on track philosophically," Sutton said when he was elected as MNGOP chair in June 2009. "The party of fiscal responsibility was spending like crazy in Washington. We've got to regain credibility with folks for whom fiscal issues are important" -- actually has more personal debt than the $2 million he left his party saddled with when he resigned in late 2011.

A Star Tribune report provides the gory details:
Sutton and his wife, Bridget Sutton [she filed for divorce in March], an Inver Grove Heights school board member and former Republican operative, say they owe $2.1 million, including $70,000 of credit card debt, $20,000 in federal student loans, unpaid state and federal taxes, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in unsecured personal loans to cover business expenses. At the time they filed, the Suttons had no life or health insurance.
Fiscal responsibility, indeed!

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Anita Seeling
Anita Seeling

Let's not pick on the party of "fiscal responsibility" (bankrupt)& "personal responsibility" (marital infidelity). Errr ... carry on.

kennyX
kennyX

Imagine if he were a Liberal. You all would be saying that he was a victim of Wall Street oppression. 

Alirox
Alirox

Better not piss him off or he'll eat you.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

he was such a pompous pig during the recount..karma got him

James Tomsky
James Tomsky

Here's to Big Tony and fiscal sanity. What an ass.

ButcherBaker
ButcherBaker

Can't wait for every GOP apologist to bitch about how this is a dead issue, Sutton was a mistake, it's over, so move on. My favorite tactic, however, is when GOP apologists act like its only a liberal that would scorn a conservative disaster. Quit lying to yourself. You and your party are not superior to the human race. You'd all sit there, with gun in one hand and penis in the other, chastising a terrible, despicable liberal. 

I'd love to hear Sutton offer an explanation for his personal financial mismanagement, but the dude is a coward.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Pride goes before the fall. Perhaps we'll see him at the WIC office soon?

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Betsy Pavlica So if a politician is open and admits they're all for unregulated spending, and no accountability it's cool? 

Or in short, if he were DFL then no big deal? It's what we should expect?

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@ButcherBaker Not from me. Openly conservative. Sutton and Bork were / are idiots and have caused nothing but hate an dissent in MNGOP.

ButcherBaker
ButcherBaker

@CinBlueland That's what I like to see, somebody who can subscribe to party ideology and can be intellectually honest. Why is that so hard in this country? 

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