Come Saturday Morning: Chris Christie and Tony Sutton

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 6:45 am

Watching the hubris-greased fall of Chris Christie has made me think a lot about the parallels between him and a similarly thuggish, similarly disgraced fellow Republican: Tony Sutton, who not that long ago was the most powerful Republican in the State of Minnesota, and whose exploits I have limned before at this website.


Tony Sutton and the Myth of the Fiscally Prudent and Managerially Competent Republican

By: Monday September 2, 2013 4:00 pm

As Tony Sutton sees his nadir, so also does the myth of the fiscally prudent and managerially competent Republican. Sutton used the myth of his skill with numbers and business expertise to get to the top of the Republican Party of Minnesota; now he is gone, and his chief ally Michael Brodkorb is gone, and the Republicans are left to pick up the pieces.

Come Saturday Morning: Ben Golnik, the Not-So-Artful Dodger

By: Saturday January 7, 2012 6:45 am

Ben Golnik’s refrain: “I was not a check-signer, I was not a check-signer”. Yeah, you were just the frigging Executive Director, with power enough to help Ron Carey end Tostenson’s career in the Republican Party of Minnesota.

Why Is the MN GOP So Messed Up? Sutton Running Buddy Ben Golnik Is Part of the Answer

By: Sunday January 1, 2012 7:00 am

Lost in all the hubbub of the slow-motion trainwreck that is the Republican Party of Minnesota has been any evidence that anyone in charge is at all interested in getting to the root of its longstanding problems, and not just with money. Instead, the scandals are buried, the whistleblowers attacked, and the people who were in charge when the problems were created are allowed to go on doing what they’d been doing without any major hitches in their giddy-up.

Come Saturday Morning: MNGOP’s Year of Scandals

By: Saturday December 24, 2011 7:00 am

By now most of you all have heard about the metastasizing set of scandals that has enveloped the Minnesota Republican Party.

MNGOP Finally Rid of Its Worst Scandal Magnet

By: Sunday December 4, 2011 7:40 am

The simple fact is that it was the persistence of the non-establishment media — the blogs both local and national, and the alt-weekly City Pages — that shed the most light on Tony Sutton’s actions. It is because of them that he has resigned in disgrace, leaving behind over $500,000 in debt and a deeply divided party. If not for them, he’d likely still be party chair today.

Late Night FDL: Bad News – MN GOP is $500K in the Hole. Good News – Tony Sutton’s Getting Paid!

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 8:00 pm

I’ve been writing for some time now about Republican Party of Minnesota Chair, former Republican Party of Minnesota Treasurer and failed Baja Sol taco baron Tony Sutton and his foibles (most recently those involving money intended for the 2010 gubernatorial recount). If you’re familiar with those pieces, then what I’m about to show you won’t be surprising in the least.

Late Night FDL: MN GOP Chair Tony Sutton, Still Sucking With Other People’s Money

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 8:00 pm

As regular readers of both FDL and Mercury Rising know, I’ve been following the ups and downs of Minnesota Republican Party chair Tony Sutton , and his money-handling difficulties, for some time now. And guess what? He’s in the news again — and as always, it’s about money, or the difficulties pertaining thereto. Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen has the deets concerning possible Republican dissatisfaction with Sutton’s ham-fisted leadership and subpar money-handling.

Come Saturday Morning: The Sublime and the Ridiculous

By: Saturday August 20, 2011 6:30 am

Trying to decide what to talk about this fine morning, preferably something that hasn’t already been covered here on this website. Should it be Jerry Brown’s advocacy for high-speed rail, which may be a big part of what saves the state and the nation?

Should it be the looming scandal hinted at by the Rick Perry sex ad?

But then I decided that I’d stick closer to my home state of Minnesota, and talk about failed burrito baron Tony Sutton.

Minnesota Shutdown Coming to an End?

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 6:26 pm

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton this morning offered the Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature a choice: He’d accept their June 30 proposal, which delays school payments and doesn’t tax the rich, on these three conditions …

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