Brian Nestande scores doctors’ backing

November 21st, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Assemblyman Brian Nestande is relying on the help of some California doctors in his bid to unseat an emergency room physician.

Nestande on ACANestande, a Palm Desert Republican who is campaigning against Rep. Raul Ruiz, today announced the endorsement of the California Association of Physician Groups.

The group describes itself nation’s largest trade association representing physician organizations.

“Brian Nestande is smart, reasonable and has the right experience for the job and has a proven record as a consensus builder in the State Assembly,” CAPG board member Dr. Marc Hoffing, medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, said in a statement.

“During his time on the Health Committee he worked with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and found workable solutions that put our communities patients and doctors first. We need a leader in Congress like Brian Nestande, who will put people ahead of party politics to get things done.”

Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat who worked at Eisenhower Medical Center before he was elected to Congress in 2012, has always relied heavily on his fellow doctors to help him raise money. The Center for Responsive Politics lists “health professionals” as his biggest industry for donors, contributing $98,700 this year.

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