(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.
In this world, you are known by the friends you keep. If you pick an ignorant and prejudiced blowhard as your poster boy, well, people might notice. And they might possibly hold it against you.
By the way, is Don Trump a business genius? Not so much. His dad paid his way through college and bankrolled him until he got rich. His business career includes as many failures as successes, and it is noteworthy that much of his money flowed from his activities of pressuring and currying favor from the governmnent of New York City. In general, after you get rich in this country, local governments tend to make decisions that help you stay that way.