Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention
July 8th, 2012
12:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention

(CNN) – Business mogul Donald Trump will be recognized as the 2012 Statesman of the Year by the Sarasota, Florida, Republican Party the day before the Republican National Convention opens in Tampa next month.

Tickets for the August 26 dinner go as high as $1,000 per person, which include a private meet-and-greet with Trump, according to an invitation flyer for the event.

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Trump has endorsed the presidential run of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, though Trump's repeated questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace and birth certificate have overshadowed events where they have appeared together.

Trump initially flirted with his own run for the presidency, but dropped out of the field in the spring.

He has appeared this year at state-level Republican Party events, such as a fundraiser for the North Carolina GOP last month, where he stood by his so-called "birther" comments and said waging war with Iran may be "good politics" for the incumbent.

Rep. Vern Buchanan, who is the subject of four federal and Congressional investigations into his business practices, has donated at least $15,000 in conjunction with the event, according to the August invitation. Buchanan is the head of fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to elect Republicans to Congress.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Florida
soundoff (293 Responses)
  1. nvmature

    I would like to see Trump and NJ governor Christie on the same ticket. Talk about soundbites.

    July 8, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. blake

    Poor judgment Sarasota. And this coming for a dedicated conservative. Statesman, NO. Arrogant blowhard, YES.

    July 8, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Kancamagus

    I always thought I knew what "statesman" meant. Huh. Live and learn, I guess.

    July 8, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    Oh boy – he's baaaaaccccckkkkk !!! Just like PALIN – TRUMPet keeps going, and going, and going!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 8, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. DocHollywood

    Really? Is this how low the republican party has sunk? This is who they choose to name "Statesman of the year". Pretty pathetic. And I see they have one crook endorsing and supporting the other. The republican party has deteroiated into a party that's only good for laughs.

    July 8, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. GI Joe

    If he's a statesman, I'm God.

    July 8, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Stubbs

    Trump? The BEST Statesman..?

    BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!

    I didn't know CNN had a Funnies section.

    July 8, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Jeff

    Theater of the absurd? Oh, yeah, it's repubs, isn't it.

    July 8, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. CBR

    What are these people thinking? Donald Trump is far from a statesman but maybe they are using different criteria. His public remarks and the way he has led his life do not make him a statesman.

    July 8, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. JustSaying2U

    This has got to be one crazy joke or the GOP in FL has really went out on the deep end. Trump – statesman= balderdash. Trump-carnival barker = typical.

    July 8, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Jerry

    One more case to prove that the GOP will stoop to any low just for money. There cannot be an ounce of integrity in their collective body...

    July 8, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. ge

    scraping the bottom of the barrel-the republican party died years ago

    July 8, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. michael in houston

    Leave it to Florida. You people in the Florida GOP might want to consider some serious couch time with the Doc.

    July 8, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Rob1961

    As a moderate Republican, I find myself being forced out by idiotic posturing such as this action. GOP,in satisfying a branch of the party, you're alienating those who will decide the election.

    July 8, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. chuck weidemann

    If you don't laugh at the absurdity ,you would go insane thinking that these people are really,really serious about the respect they are showing and who they are choosing to show it to....and who they don't show it to!!!! It seems change has them thinking upside-down and backwards!!!

    July 8, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. M-W-T

    What a joke.
    He's the "BIGGEST IDIOT OF THE YEAR",.....joe walsh running a close second.....in third, West of Florida

    July 8, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. chuck weidemann

    When you think that the only thing you possess of value is money .....the people like Trump get your admiration!!!!

    July 8, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. stannard

    Bankrupt party, gambler and a thief, he is far far from anyone close to a statesmen. Like moderation patriot or leader republicans are living in a bubble, they fake it .

    July 8, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. TheTraveler

    Ronmey for President.
    Trump "Statesman of the Year"

    Wow ... the GOP is really scraping the bottom ....

    July 8, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Texas

    Even Bill O'Reilly would call them pinheads for giving Trump this award.

    July 8, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Pete

    Where's Trump now,haven't heard from him politically with Romney in weeks.Maybe Romneys advisors got thru and told him how much damage he's doing with his arrogent,ignorent mouth,he's truely the unrelating one..His talk of bullying China and other countries doesn't seem to set a good diplomatic example for any candidate,Romneys extreme,but not that bad because of his past outsourcing history while at Bain...That's hypocricy at its highest level,but it can be achived knowing Romney,he's done it before,hasn't he!!!

    July 8, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    Only the Republicans could think of Trump as a Great Statesman. What a joke.

    July 8, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. h

    Tells you alot about the mindset of the GOP.

    July 8, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Ken

    What is the definition of stateman? Are you kidding me?

    July 8, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Tony2Chins

    Remember, Sarasota is the same place that gave us Katherine Harris!!

    July 8, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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