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. felix el gato

    What a joke.

    July 8, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Paul Falduto

    I first I thought this was a joke, but it looks like the real joke is the Sarasota GOP.

    July 8, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. hannah

    It is obvious that the GOP does not know what a statesman is or they would not have named Donald. Absurd. How can anyone support the GOP anymore/

    July 8, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. emma

    Oh what money can buy!

    July 8, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. ohio

    think again–you are so right. I tend to be moderate==but after this last decade of GOP i am really
    having to question where i stand. I live in a very republican community and I am continually surprised
    at how many local voters feel the same way i do. I think the GOP has lost a lot of ground and i personally
    don't want to be a part of it anymore–. I had a lot of respect for McCain years ago but i just don't see
    the same party at all. Obama has my vote this time.

    July 8, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. michael

    Dumbest thing I've ever heard of!

    July 8, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. JC

    I would term him a gamesman, not a statesman. He enjoys playing games with power, not to serve a specific national purpose, but rather to amuse himself.

    July 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. WhereIsPalin

    Sarasota..........please check your water supply.

    July 8, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. JimB

    This just continues the GOP narrative that they are a party that has loss 'the center" and is being dominated by right wing extremists like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Trump who still says Obama was not born in this country. Trump is just using the hopeless GOP to make more money for himself. It's sad...It also feeds the narrative that the GOP is only interested in protecting the rich.

    July 8, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Blind_Leading_Blind

    This joke now proves – Blind leading blind............

    July 8, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. miketofdal

    How very out-of-touch of the Sarasota GOP.

    July 8, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Steven Colo

    A statesman is someone who's respected for his experience. Trump's experience has been in declaring bankruptcy, cheating on wives, and affixing his name to various pieces of junk. And redefining hairstyles.

    The fact that the Sarasota GOP has no clue what the word "statesman" even means is a sad statement on the present day GOP.

    July 8, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Trailboss

    Well the GAS,OIL AND PETROLEUM Party is at it again and its the same thing over and over put everybody down and raise money all over the Country doing it and maybe but if we hear it enough we'll start to believe that what they saying is true. We as citizen of the united States will not let your party bring this Country down as a veteran I did not become a disable to watch you destroy this country that so many of us die for a fights you started and want to continue but we have no money in the budget for nothing at home but keep the flow of GAS,OIL and PETROLEUM supporting our troops. RIGHT.

    July 8, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. CedarRapids

    That tells you all you need to know about the Sarasota Republican Party

    July 8, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    If the GOP thinks this putz is a statesman, they are worse than in our wildest nightmare.

    July 8, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. kit8

    Mitt and The Donald 2012 > one is a statesman and the other fires men

    July 8, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Ginette - Mexico

    Says a lot about the people who chose him – crazy!

    July 8, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. snowdogg

    "Business mogul Donald Trump will be recognized as the 2012 Statesman of the Year by the Sarasota, Florida, Republican Party"

    Haw, haw, haw – the award was first offered to Ronald McDonald but he turned it down because it was "beneath him".

    July 8, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Tom

    Aparently all you need to be a good statesman is to be a bad liar and an bad business man. How many times has he filed for bankruptcy again?

    July 8, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. joethejuggler

    The GOP is making itself a laughingstock. I can't think of any such mainstream endorsement, for example, of an outspoken Truther by the Democratic Party.

    July 8, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. joethejuggler

    And I don't believe for a moment that the national GOP lacks the authority to prevent this being done in conjunction with the RNC if they wanted to. I don't think they can even put the blame just on the Florida party. Clearly the national Republican Party has little interest in distancing itself from fringe Truther nutjobs.

    July 8, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. paul

    Yes, and Trump Assoc. created the award. Republicans are looking for the big bucks kick back for honoring him at their convention. Or maybe, just maybe, he is going to oust Romney and run for president. Comedy central can only hope

    July 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Edward

    Maybe they can also get Paris Hilton.

    July 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. john

    I assume each place setting will include a barf bag.

    July 8, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. ldean

    wonder how much this very little so-called honor cost him? Kinda reminds me of the gal that would order flowers and have them sent to herself at work. poor, miserable guy

    July 8, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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