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. Dieter Zerressen

    I'm sure he bought this recognition. These big boys do this kind of stuff all the time – they promise to fund a dinner or other get-together and the locals bestow an "honor". Means nothing EXCEPT what a low threshold the Republicans have for the word "statesman".

    July 8, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. mike.s

    They are also honoring Bart Simpson as "Student of the Year," and Charlie Sheen as "Role Model of the Year."

    July 8, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. baycap

    Sarasota GOP: Why are you kissing this guy's backside. There has to be more to this very funny story. He is no statesman or you are too old to remember the meaning of the word.

    July 8, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Tom

    Can't do anything but help Obama in Florida. Fundraising is vital, naming Trump a "statesman" is beyond idiotic. Too late to name Jane Fonda Ambassador to South Vietnam?

    July 8, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Russ

    states·man /ˈstātsmən/
    Noun: A skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure.

    You know, Americans like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Jay, James Madison, James Monroe, Daniel Webster, etc.

    This is so funny. Republicans don't know the definition of statesman any better than they know economics, foreign affairs, tax policy, etc.

    I suppose that now they will name Mitt Romney as the "Conservative of the Year". Oh wait a minute – they already have.

    July 8, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. sgurdog

    Hahahahahahaha, the level Republicans will stoop to in order to get campaign cash is astounding. Hahahahahahahahahahah

    July 8, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Trump Supporter

    C'mon, Donald!

    Pair up with Romney as a running mate so we can finally be sure the presential election is over and he has lost.

    July 8, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Party suicide

    WTG Republican party, promote up, yet again another Republican that most of your base likely finds embarrassing. When you wonder where your voters are, or why turn out in the local communities are down.... here's your answer.

    I watched a lot of young adults in my community ask our local Republican leaders... what does the party stand for, and are their leaders role models of that... and in reply they got no ones is going to be ideal, but we need to get 'them' out... yada. When I was a kid the kind of shut down, don't have an open dialogue or debate this answer, would have been scoffed even for those that were *not* taking a leadership role. The party wanted their youth educated and active. Well the youth got active... without your help, and they likely won't be sticking around giving what you've been serving up.

    The Republican party isn't bringing much to the table these days, IMO.

    July 8, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Bertha59

    Statesman? Hmmph, what he is is a pretentious dramatic hateful man. It is embarrassing that an organization named him a statesman. But then of course, republicans are a source of embarrassment as well.

    July 8, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. agathokles

    Incredible! This is the GOP at its finest.

    July 8, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. jim

    there's nothing honorable about donald trump. and anyone like the donald who persists in spreading lies and long ago disproven stories has earned scorn. not honor. and this is what the gop has become. honoring someone who seems to have trouble telling the truth. sad

    July 8, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Statesman? What the hell has this man EVER done for his country?

    July 8, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. pinata

    Who says the GOP has no sense of humor.

    July 8, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Anonymous

    What a joke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. James Ruston

    Florida Republicans. Screwing Al Gore out of the presidency started a slide into ideological nether nether land. What is surprising and disheartening is that so many Floridians buy into it.

    July 8, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I would choose Stan Ross over this guy. Just "Google" it and learn the facts

    July 8, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. GRS62

    Not that it had any before this but the Sarasota, Florida Republican Party has now lost all credibility.

    July 8, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Carol

    Well, this doesn't say much about the Republicans!

    July 8, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. John

    The GOP much really be getting hard up. This man Is another Nut case.

    July 8, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. LTNN7890

    Trump ....... hopeing for a war with IRAN , As long as his children dont have to go its all politics as usual for him ,
    And Romney is humming the same tune with him .

    July 8, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Kancamagus

    In other news, Sarah Palin wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

    July 8, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Harry Baxter

    This may possibly be the dumbest nomination of the last 100 years. It even makes the nomination of RMoney by the GOP for this year's Presidential race seem wise!

    July 8, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. LTNN7890

    Trump / Romney ........ The Rich , The Powerful , When i grow up i want to be just like them .
    Such roll models for Democracy .

    July 8, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Sergio

    Straight out of the Onion, only in florida...

    July 8, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. You Heard it worst on CNN

    This is almost as embarrassing for the republican party as having Romney as the presidential nominee. My how the mighty have fallen. As bad as Obama has been for our country, the Republicans pretty much had this election handed to them and they just threw it away. It's really a shame.

    July 8, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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