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The conference included several of the state’s highest-ranking elected officials and labor and business leaders, including Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, state schools chief Tony Thurmond, state Treasurer Fiona Ma and Chad Griffin, a Democratic consultant and former head of Human Rights , according to organizers.

Representing the Biden were the four main members of his vetting team: Dodd, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Biden’s former White House and Senate counsel, Cynthia Hogan.

was not involved in organizing the , they said.

A person on the said wanted the to hear from people who know her best. The implication was that others who’ve criticized to the media, and compared her unfavorably to another contender for VP from California, Rep. Karen Bass, were not providing an accurate reflection of or her record.

One person briefed on the said the wanted to “correct the record,” and directly referenced the POLITICO reports.

“This was about us sharing how much Kamala would be a stellar vice president,” said one official who participated on the , referencing Dodd’s earlier remarks.

“He spoke at length about her and said very nice things,” the person said of Dodd’s comments about on the conference .

POLITICO alluded to the in a Wednesday story, but the extent of the organization behind it was unclear at the time. Dodd said “very supportive things” about during the , according to Kounalakis.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who was on the , said he wanted to convey some of ’ attributes.

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“We love Senator , and will continue to share her incredible work and record here in California,” Garcia said. “She’s extremely loyal and has the highest integrity and character.”

Biden has said he’d name his running mate sometime next week, but aides now expect the announcement will come the second week of August.

Biden’s faced a backlash over Dodd’s remarks to the donor. A second source has since told POLITICO that Dodd made similar comments about on at least one other phone during the vetting process.

A source close to Dodd said that he thinks highly of , has spoken with her several times during the vetting process and that he supported for Senate.

Critics suggested that Dodd was questioning a woman for being ambitious. In a sign of the extensive damage control the did in the math, Biden’s manager tweeted later this week: “Ambitious women make history, change the world, and win. Our is full of ambitious women going all out for Joe Biden.”

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