Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention
July 8th, 2012
12:39 AM ET
6 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. ThinkAgain

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

    Perfect post – thanks!

    July 8, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Funny that the GOP still likes to claim they are the "family values" party – giving this award to a man who has been married three times!

    July 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Jackson

    "Trump named best statesman"

    Wow, am I glad I don't live in THAT state!

    July 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Trumpster, where are your tax returns?

    July 8, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. JM

    ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha....

    What more can one say?

    People are not very bright, are they.

    statesman: "I don't think that means what they think it means."

    Winston Churchill .... Donald Trump


    July 8, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. joejeffrey

    Spec-tac-ular! A loudmouth, empty-headed, Birther, who's convinced he's God's gift to everyone, declared a "statesman" by an obvious crook! If you heard it on the Daily Show, you'd say, "Oh, come on, John, you're over the top on this one." Looks like Alzheimer's is epidemic in Sarasota.

    July 8, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Mike in Texas

    BFD.. That is all I have to say.

    July 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    In all seriousness, I do think the GOP has been rolling out all their absurdities with the plan to subtly and not-so-subtly steal the election, after which they will claim the "will of the people" supports GOP "heroes" like Trump; further tax cuts for the rich even though they don't work; further elimination of social programs; turning back the clock on reproductive rights; and every other backward-thinking, failed policy they propose (including the Ryan budget which will not only harm the most vulnerable in our society, but create massive debt (just look at the Congressional Budget Office report; under one scenario, by 2050 the Ryan budget would result in the debt held by the public more than 200 percent of GDP).

    It is absolutely necessary for every Independent, Democrat and thinking Republican to GET OUT AND VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA and majorities in the House and Senate in November 2012.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 8, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. littleourkie

    What a joke!
    You can bet Trump will be a headline speaker at the GOP convention and he will spew his birther garbage and Mitt will smile and lap it up. It is idiocy like that that makes me sure Obama will be re-elected.

    July 8, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Simon Cohen

    The award tells us a lot more about the awarders than about the awardee.

    July 8, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. David Descoteaux

    Donald Trump as statesman of the year, is akin to Adolf Hitler as humanitarian of the year.

    July 8, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Chutzpah

    You'd think anyone who could afford a $1,000 meal ticket would at least have two functioning brain cells that connect.

    July 8, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Stateman of the 1% and gopt.

    July 8, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. brian

    Like bizarro-world in the US these days.....up is is out....Trump is statesman....

    July 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Hoosier2012

    The fact is the GOP has no one else to give this award to so the loud mouth DT is a logical choice for them. Talk about out-of-touch.
    Our founding fathers believed the government is here to serve the people. The GOP manages to twist that around today by having the people serves their chosen few individuals.

    July 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. marty

    This award definitely shows the intelligence of a political party and their leaders......and they want to run the country????

    July 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Patriot

    And this is the party that may actually come back into power.... Canada looks better every day.

    July 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. CTSadler

    I'm embarrassed to have live there, but at least I wasn't born there.

    July 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Johnny54

    noun, plural statesĀ·men.
    1. a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
    2. a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.

    Sorry, but I'm more confused than ever, now...

    July 8, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Jackie T.

    We can always count on the GOP to produce cutting-edge comedy, 24/7. Stateman of the Year ... yeh, and I'm the King of Hearts. LOL!!!

    July 8, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. jerry walters

    Wow - the carnival barker scores a sham award. LOL. He probably paid for it anyway.

    July 8, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Anthony

    The Republican strategy must be to make Democrats overconfident. Are Republicans in Sarasota, Florida sending a message to Romney by naming Trump Statesman of the Year the day before the Republican National Convention opens in Tampa?

    July 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Kevin Quail

    Best blowhard, maybe. Most egocentric. Stupidest birther. Best liar about being a self-made man after inheriting 30 million from his father, blowing it, and having to borrow money from his siblings. His hair is a better statesman.

    July 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Tam

    Statesman of what? What has happened to our country, and to the GOP? Are there any intelligent, thinking people in that party left? Let's hope the silent majority votes in November.

    July 8, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. JohnK

    Trump is as much a statesman as Romney is an intellectual.

    July 8, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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