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Sarasota GOP to honor Donald Trump as 'statesman of the year'

statesman2012email.jpegThe Republican Party of Sarasota County has named Donald Trump its "statesman of the year" and will hold a dinner for him on Aug. 26 -- a day before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Tampa.

"As a conservative and a champion of free enterprise, Donald Trump is a keynote leader in this country who commands attention and serious consideration from people of all partisan persuasions. He does not shy away from controversy and is courageous in promoting the fundamental principles that conservatives endorse and strive to achieve," party chairman Joe Gruters says in an invite.

Tickets run from $110 to $1,000 for a "private meet & greet" with Trump.

[Last modified: Monday, July 9, 2012 5:13pm]


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