(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
Let see: how many people has Trump screwed as a result of how many bankruptcy filings? How many?
This fraud deserves zero. Our country is certainly going to crap – thanks GOP. Continued destruction of America is the mantra of the GOP
Claiming that the president was not born in Hawaii, and never proving it, is unstatesmanlike. Actually, nothing about Trump is.
They're kidding, right? This seals it as the GOP being the party of clowns. Who on earth could take them seriously if they are actually calling Trump a statesman??? Maybe they need a dictionary.
Can anyone find a better example of how out of touch the repubs have become?
this is a disgusting joke – if this guy is statesmen of the year for the retardican party of florida, then donald duck should be the republican of the year for the state of florida.
Its funny, very funny, I am not sure what Donald " the jackass" Trump did to deserve this, maybe his money and stupid comments against the President. But clearly its a joke, you Republicans are a joke..
To be expected by the same local party that elected Vern Buchanan to Congress.
The Republican Party has become a joke.
This is classic. One more reason not to vote republican in any election. Trump is nothing but a paranoid self-delusional clown.
A good example of a Repubican. Rich and a big mouth with questionable ethics.
couldn't be more typical GOP showboating. Have fun while about 20 million others
are struggling. I really hope America wakes up and votes for themselves–and votes democrat
Does anyone for even a moment think that he didn't BUY this award?
In other news: "Hitler named Humanitarian of the Century."
To be Statesman of the year you should show your tax returns,only if you are a true Statesman though.
Republicans wonder why they are a joke around the world,and when they lose their bid for the Whitehouse just look at the top Republicans like Romney,Trump,Palin,Bachmann,Limbaugh,Hannity,Beck,Nugent,McConnell etc and you will know why the majority came out strong and voted Democrat.The bar could not be set lower the Trump.
That shows how low the bar is for the GOP to name hims "best statesman" when he exhibited not statesmanship but arrogance and vanity. So, you can buy any title from GOP and Romney wants to buy the office of the president. Meg Whitman tried to buy the election in 2010 and failed. Let us see whether USA has stooped the level where money can buy the office of the president.
How much did he pay for the "title"? GOP doesn't give out awards for free. The word "modest" will never appear after th name Trump. Everything he does is for attention.
For all the criticism of the current administration, WHERE ARE YOU PLANS, GOP? HUH? Can't hear you!
Reality TV and GOP buffoonery. I try hard to not watch or take either seriously. Only sad that others think it's real...
Proving once again just how out of touch the Republican Party is. A statesman? A better award would be the Lucky, Born-Rich, Loud-Mouth Ding-Dong Award.
DONALD TRUMP IS A BETTER BUSINESSMAN AND MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN ROMNEY. Would you vote for Donald Trump if he were to run for President... seriously?
Goldwater and Reagan (not to mention Lincoln) are spinning in their graves.
This must be a joke. Trump...statesman....it must be a joke. What about Ambassador Huntsman? He would deserve the title.
Trumpster, if you REALLY want to put pressure on someone to produce paperwork, lean on Mittens to produce his tax returns!
@MCJNY: "So I guess now the conservatives are just making up "heroes" as they go. Is their talent pool so empty of real heroes that they need to create some?"
Yes and Yes.
Very revealing. This announcement of Trump as GOP Statesman of the Year smacks of patronage and how the GOP stands for a plutocracy. It all centers around Florida. The 2000 election decided by Sarasota's Katherine Harris, the Governor's suppression of voting for the upcoming election, anti-unionism, etc. I was around during the McCarthy era. I remember how JFK was accused of being a socialist, or even a red. Even before Limbaugh, republicans were all about labeling and denigrating anyone who disagreed, but at least they had some sensitivity toward average Americans. Now it's all about the money. 3 billion dollars and 31/2 years of campaigning to elecet one man president who can buy and sell corporations, jobs and people's lives. Now anointing one of the most foul examples the extreme wealthy as the greatest statesman of the year only illustrates why the republican party should change its name completely because it should never be connected to the party of Lincoln.
This must be a joke.