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Members of top California doctors group among guests at party with Newsom

Members of top California doctors group among guests at party with Newsom

Two members of California’s top doctors group were among the guests who attended a now-controversial dinner party for a longtime aide of Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia to spend 6M on wildfire prevention Former Trump campaign manager advising Jenner on potential California gubernatorial run Overnight Health Care: Biden says US still in 'life and death race' with virus | White House rules out involvement in 'vaccine passports' | Arkansas lawmakers override Hutchinson veto on transgender bill MORE (D). 

A representative for the California Medical Association (CMA) confirmed to CalMatters that its CEO Dustin Corcoran and CMA lobbyist Janus Norman attended the 50th birthday party for Jason Kinney.  

Corcoran and Norman “attended a private 50th birthday dinner for their friend Jason Kinney earlier this month. The dinner was held in accordance with state and county guidelines,” CMA spokesperson Anthony York said in an email to the news outlet. 

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The Hill has reached out to CMA for comment. 

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported last Friday that Newsom and his wife attended the 12-person party. Newsom, who had been critical of those events amid the coronavirus pandemic, later acknowledged that he should not have been in attendance.

“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” the governor said in a statement shared with The Hill.

A representative for Newsom defended the party to the Chronicle, noting that it was outdoors at a restaurant, which followed a separate set of guidelines that does not specify if more than three people can congregate. 

However, photos of the party published by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Tuesday show party guests eating inside of the French Laundry restaurant with sliding doors open. The woman who took the photos told the news outlet that the doors were eventually closed due to noise complaints. 

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Norman and Corcoran are not doctors, CalMatters notes, but CMA has been promoting public health amid the pandemic, including sponsoring an ad campaign urging people to wear masks. 

The group also lobbied Newsom’s administration on COVID-19 screening and testing guidelines, Politico notes

The California Department of Public Health reported 1,029,235 cumulative cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and 18,263 deaths.