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For Immediate Release
October 26, 2006

Statement of Frank M. Pitre, President
Consumer Attorneys of California:

“The Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) congratulates the California Medical Association (CMA) on the hiring of Senator Joe Dunn as its Chief Executive Officer.  As a senator and trial lawyer, Senator Dunn has fought for consumers for decades, and we look forward to working with him in his new role to advance our fundamental shared values of patient protection and consumer protection.  CAOC and CMA share a core belief in quality medical care, and we look forward to a stronger working relationship and renewed productive dialogue with the CMA under the leadership of Senator Dunn.  His political acumen, negotiating skills, and strong personal principles will be a great asset to the CMA, and we commend them on a farsighted choice.”