Tony Sutton

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Tony Sutton
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Sutton speaking at the 2011 Tax Cut Rally
Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota
In office
June 11, 2009 – December 2, 2011
Preceded by Ron Carey
Succeeded by Pat Shortridge
Personal details
Born September 1967
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Spouse(s) Bridget
Residence Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Alma mater Hibbing High School
Occupation political activist, business executive

Anthony G. "Tony" Sutton (born September 1967) is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota and founder of a political public relations firm, Winning Strategies.


Sutton was born in Saint Paul, and graduated from Hibbing High School in Hibbing. He and his wife, Bridget, have four children and live in Inver Grove Heights, a southeastern suburb in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.[1]

Sutton has served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota since July 1, 2009, when he succeeded Ron Carey in the role.[2] Amid mounting evidence of party financial disarray, Sutton announced his resignation effective at 5pm, Friday, December 2nd, 2011 on Twitter at 4:45 pm that day.[3]

Sutton has served on numerous campaigns and committees on both the local and national level, including working as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Minnesota. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the party from 2005-2009. In January 2011, Sutton stepped down from his role at the CEO of Baja Sol Restaurant Group to found Winning Strategies.[4]

Sutton was a board member of CAGE, Citizens Against Gambling Expansion, a group funded in part by American Indian casino operators opposed to gambling expansion. In May 2011 he came under investigation by the Minnesota Republican Party, requesting that he explain how GOP activists on a closely held party database began receiving e-mails from CAGE.[5][6][7] On May 14, 2011, he resigned from CAGE.[8]

In September 2013, Sutton and his wife - with whom he is engaged in divorce proceedings - filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing $2.1 million in personal debts.[9]


  1. "2012 Presidential Campaign Blog: Tony Sutton Elected Today As Chair Of The Republican Party Of Minnesota". 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2010-11-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Tony Sutton elected as new chair of Minnesota GOP | Minnesota Public Radio News". 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2010-11-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Sutton resigns as head of Minnesota Republican Party; Star Tribune". 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "GOP chairman Sutton to join PR company". 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "GOP activists are questioning state chairman". 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-05-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "GOP activists question Minnesota state chairman Sutton". 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-05-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "GOP leaders to question Sutton about ties to gambling group that gets tribal funds". 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-05-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "GOP chairman stepping down from board of anti-gambling group". 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Former Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton declares personal bankruptcy". 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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