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Former GOP Chairman of Minnesota Files Bankruptcy

Posted By Allmand Law Firm, PLLC || 18-Sep-2013

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Tony Sutton, 46, former chairman of the Minnesota GOP has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Along with his wife Bridget, the couple claims to have outstanding liabilities totaling over $2 million. During his political career as state Republican Party chairman, Sutton pushed aggressively for republican legislators to stay in line with spending based on state revenue. In other words, he was against any tax increases that would cause state legislators to go over budget. Yet, finances under his watch politically were no better than his finances personally.

Sutton's wife is a former Republican operative and currently is a school board member at a local high school. When the couple filed bankruptcy they claimed they didn't have health or life insurance. Their debt liabilities include a wide range of creditors including unpaid federal student loans and federal and state taxes. They owe hundreds of thousands of dollars toward personal unsecured loans they took out to help cover expenses related to their business.

Sutton has a significant history as a Republican Party member having held practically every position you can think of over the last 20 years including executive director and treasurer. Later, it was learned that Sutton had outspent the party's funds. This affected a ballot recount of a political official during a 2010 election and it caused Sutton to stop making payments on the rental space for the party's headquarters which totaled over $100,000.

By 2011, there was more evidence Sutton mismanaged funds, which accumulated more debt for the party. He then resigned his position abruptly. As more debt accumulated the party lost big donors. The party has had to cut staffers and spending in order to deal with the debt. The Suttons owe more than $70,000 in credit card debt, $20,000 in federal student loans and $80,000 on a second mortgage. They have over 15 businesses registered at their home address. The couple is currently in the middle of divorce proceedings.

Reference: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/222902471.html

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