CONCORD - State Senator Andy Sanborn was delinquent on his business' taxes in Concord this year, owing the taxpayers over $2,000.
As reported in the Concord Monitor this morning, State Senator Andy Sanborn - owner of The Draft bar in Concord - owed over $2,000 to the City. Sanborn said that prior to being contacted by the Monitor he "wasn't aware of the lien against the sports bar."
"Add paying his taxes on time to the list of things New Hampshire voters can't trust Andy Sanborn to do, including actually live in the district he plans to represent," said Collin Gately, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Andy Sanborn has put a reckless, Tea Party agenda ahead of the interests of New Hampshire voters. How can we expect Andy Sanborn to be a steward of the New Hampshire economy if he can't even keep his own fiscal house in order?"
While in the Senate, Sanborn voted to allow companies to charge consumers 300 percent interest rates; to cut funding for higher education in half; and to cut support for local schools.
When contacted by the Monitor, Sanborn said of his delinquent tax payments: 'I don't know how we missed them.'
"Andy Sanborn might not know how he missed his tax payments, but the voters of New Hampshire know that Sanborn has missed the mark repeatedly by favoring his Tea Party allies over middle class families - voting to cut funding for higher education, to strip consumer protections and to cutsupport to local school districts."
This is not the first time the Sanborn family has been delinquent on their taxes. Just four months ago, the Concord Monitor reported that Laurie Sanborn - Andy's wife, co-owner of The Draft and Assistant Deputy Majority Leader in the New Hampshire House - owed several hundred dollars to the city of Concord on a parking lot she owns. Sanborn stated, "I don't know anything about that " when asked about money she owed to the taxpayers.
Sanborn has mismanaged money before: in 2004, he declared bankruptcy. While he owed creditors hundreds of thousands of dollars, he made sure to pay himself off. Just months later, he spent over $100,000 on televisions alone for his new restaurant.
(SB 160, 3/30/2011; SB 372, 3/28/2012; HB 1, 6/1/2011; Concord Monitor 6/30/08; Concord Monitor, 6/13/2006)