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Minnesota GOP Finally Dumps Walking Scandal Machine Tony Sutton

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 3, 2011

In what may be the ultimate Friday News Dump for the North Star State, it was announced late this afternoon that Tony Sutton is no longer the chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota:

Amid mounting evidence of party disarray and financial difficulties, Republican State Party Chairman Tony Sutton announced his resignation Friday.

“I have decided to resign as State Chair effective 5PM today. I have enjoyed being State Chair, but feel it is best for my family to move on,” he said on Twitter.

Well, well, well.

This is a guy who presided over the ALEC-fueled legislative takeover of 2010, ALEC’s juice nearly sufficing to overcome the major deficiencies of Tom Emmer and bringing him to within sight of the Governor’s Mansion — and yet he, barely a year after that historic coup, is no longer in place. (Neither, by the way, is his right-hand man, former Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb, who left his post in October. Hmmmm.)

That may seem surprising, but a review of his history (a history that up to now has been largely soft-focused by the Republican-tilted local establishment media; only City Pages and the blogs have deigned to cover it in depth or in detail) will likely make the reader what took the local GOP so long to realize the guy was a 350-plus-pound radioactive boat anchor.

Follow me past the jump for a by-no-means-complete synopsis of Tony Sutton’s most memorable career and life experiences: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tony Sutton, Still Sucking With Money

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 14, 2011

Once again, Sally Jo Sorensen has the details:

Yesterday, the Minnesota Progressive Project wrote that failed burrito baron Tony Sutton’s Republican Party hadn’t paid its bill to Olmsted County. Today, the Mankato Free Press reports that it’s also still in hock to Nicollet County.

Not only does the Republican Party of Minnesota still owe a few grand to various counties in the state five months after the recount ended, its party chair claims that the reason the bills haven’t been paid is because — get this — the RPM’s broke:

[Nicollet County Auditor Bridgette] Kennedy said she not only hasn’t received a penny of payment on the $1,376.01 bill, she hasn’t received any replies or explanations at all to the multiple requests for payment.

“There has been zero response,” she said.

Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton said Wednesday that the party is working steadily toward getting the bills paid and that all counties will eventually be reimbursed.

“The hold-up is we don’t have the money, and we’ve been paying them off as we get the money,” Sutton said. “Everybody will get paid.”


“I appreciate their patience and understanding,” Sutton said.

The RPM, broke? Really? You mean to tell me that the Sunfish Lake and Wayzata crowd that funds the Minnesota GOP can’t lob a few more grand their way? Hell, these folk probably blow that much money in a single weekly poker game.

Speaking of understanding: Back in November, Sutton and his fellow Minnesota GOP bigwigs weren’t very patient or understanding towards county elections officials: Read the rest of this entry »

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TCF Coopers Cast Off The Last Sutton

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 8, 2011

It’s been confirmed: Less than two months after her husband Tony’s severing of his Baja Sol ties became public knowledge, Bridget (Cronin) Sutton is also no longer with the company.

Sally Jo Sorensen has the scoop over at Bluestem Prairie — and she also has this thumbnail history of the Suttons’ involvement with Baja Sol and its popularity with Minnesota conservatives and Republicans:

Sutton and her husband, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton, first entered the  faux Mexican fast casual restaurant business in 2004, when they opened a Tortilla Grill in downtown Minneapolis; by 2006, they purchased the chain with TCF powerhouse and former Republican Chair Bill Cooper, with aggressive plans to expand the chain. The enterprise drew other high-powered Republican money-men, including former chair Ron Carey.  One listing for a Baja Sol Cantina franchise at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office lists the same address as the Wigley Family Foundation, (aka Michael Wigley, founder of the Minnesota Taxpayers League).

These plans failed, and the chain is down to 11 Tortilla Grills in Minnesota, after restaurants in Illinois and Ohio closed, and the sit-down cantina restaurants were shuttered last year. 


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Buh-Bye, Tony!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 1, 2011

Looks like, after watching him fail as a Republican Party treasurer and as a businessman, the Coopers have decided to stop trusting Tony Sutton with their money:

While Sutton was at the helm of the Republican resurgence, the Baja Sol restaurant chain he ran as CEO was adrift. It shrunk to 10 restaurants from 23 as its revenues took a beating in the recession. Immigrant rights protesters outside its doors can’t have helped build a positive image, either.

So Sutton announced yesterday [January 17] he was handing day-to-day operations of the company to Bridget Sutton, his wife and the firm’s president, and he was moving on to a position with Minneapolis-based P.R. firm Public Affairs Co.

The position? Sounds rather nebulous to me:

Public Affairs Co. announced Monday it is launching a joint venture with longtime Republican strategist Tony Sutton and his new Winning Strategies consulting firm.


Sutton recently founded Winning Strategies to serve as a grassroots advocacy firm. The firm’s offerings include issue campaigns, message development, media relations, business communications, ballot initiatives and government affairs.

Two things here:

1) I think he spells “grassroots” A-S-T-R-O-T-U-R-F. Or perhaps K-O-C-H. Or even maybe C-O-O-P-E-R, if the TCF father and son team haven’t totally soured on him.

2) Note that he’s not in a position where he has to deal with anybody’s money, aside from whatever paychecks, if any, he himself is getting.

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