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Rudnick Calls on Sen. Creem to Recuse Herself from Alimony Reform

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This just in from Charles Rudnick:

NEWTON (July 19) – The following is a statement from Charles Rudnick, Democratic candidate for the State Senate seat representing Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley:

“Sen. Cynthia Creem must immediately recuse herself from any role in legislation pertaining to divorce law given the clear and disturbing conflicts of interest detailed Sunday and today in the Boston Globe. This type of conflict undermines the public’s confidence in the Legislature and its ability to manage issues like this impartially. I have pledged to be a full-time Senator to avoid even the appearance of such conflicts, as well as to provide more effective leadership on the complex challenges facing the Commonwealth. I hope Sen. Creem’s volunteered recusal will help end the logjam on meaningful alimony reform.” read more »

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Charles Rudnick Challenges Creem to Six Debates

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Charles Rudnick

Sen. Cynthia Creem counters that she has already agreed to 4 debates.

The Creem-Rudnick race is heating up, and it looks like it may become a contentious one. It is looking a lot like the mirror image of the Needham race between Smulowitz and Harkins: a young progressive candidate in a primary challenge against a long serving incumbent.

Like that race we are already seeing some sniping back and forth. Back in May Rudnick criticized Creem for not doing enough about the probation department patronage scandal.

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Cindy Creem Running Push Polls – Must be Getting Nervous About Rudnick Campaign

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There is some buzz over on Greg Reibman’s Wicked Local Blog that Sen. Cynthia Creem is running some push polling in her district.

According to people who have received the calls, the polling company is American Directions Group. They are mainly a campaign consulting group and not a proper polling company.

One commenter, Julia Malakie, reported on the push nature of the poll:

I got this poll this afternoon! I said, “I’m undecided” and the person said something like ‘Cindy Creem is the incumbent senator who’s been fighting for educations, etc etc… [no, they didn’t say et cetera] … Please remember to vote in September.’

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Cynthia Creem gets Mass Bar's Legislator of the Year Award

On Thursday March 11th, Cynthia Creem was honored at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2010 Gala Dinner with their coveted “Legislator of the Year Award.” And it’s about time. After all, Sen. Creem has been carrying water for the lawyers’ lobbies for years. They say it best themselves:

As the co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Creem weighs in on legislation related to criminal law, the courts and civil and equal rights. A sponsor of four bills on behalf of the MBA, Creem has a longstanding history of collaboration with the MBA.

When the various lawyers’ lobbies ( Mass Bar, Boston Bar, Women’s Bar, Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, Real Estate Bar etc. etc. )  need to get something done they can count on Creem. She files about 4 bills on their behalf most years.

Cynthia Creem and lawyer lobbyist friends from the WBA

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Rudnick Pledges Not to Accept Contributions from Lobbyists

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Charles Rudnick launched a new campaign web site. His message is right on target. Even though Creem has a 2-1 funding advantage, Rudnick has pledged not to take any contributions from lobbyists or PACs:

Charles will fight for you as a full-time legislator and will refuse money from lobbyists, PACs and special interests.

His opponent Cynitha Creem is touting her support of ethics reform, having voted for H4133, a bill which would regulate lobbyists. The bill is a mixed bag. While it would regulate lobbyists, and increase penalties for bribery, the bill further weakens the open meetings law and does not ban outright campaign contributions from lobbyists as other states have done.

To date Creem has not pledged to refuse more campaign contributions from lobbyists.

Candidates are required to disclose their campaign contributions before the primaries. We will see then which of these candidates is the independent progressive.

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Cynthia Creem faces Ethics Questions over Alimony Reform

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The public debate over two dueling alimony reform bills has called into question whether Sen. Cynthia Creem has a conflict of interest.

There are two bills currently up for discussion in the Legislature, s1616 and h1785. Both concern time limits for alimony payments.

Massachusetts’ current alimony law does not empower judges to cap the duration of an alimony award, enabling post-divorce settlements that can last a lifetime. The current law has drawn fire from alimony payors who say they’ve been forced for years to pay large percentages of their incomes, occasionally forcing them into bankruptcy. read more »

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PAC's Own Creem, Rudnick is Clean

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Charles Rudnick

An analysis of contributions to Sen. Cynthia Creem shows that her campaign is funded largely by PAC and lobbyist money. Charles Rudnick by contrast has pledged not to take money from lobbyists and PACs and is funded mostly by individuals – family and friends – and a big loan from his own funds.

Cynthia Creem starts off with a commanding campaign financing lead on Charles Rudnick. According to public campaign finance records Cynthia Creem has a political warchest of around $84,000. By comparison Charles Rudnick has raised only about $35,000. read more »

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Charles Rudnick is Running Against Cynthia Creem

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Charles Rudnick

Cynthia Creem is a six term senator. She’s been in office for 12 long years. She’s a practicing divorce lawyer and has been an opponent of all meaningful judicial reform especially as it pertains to family law reform.

This year we have an excellent opportunity to replace her.

Charles Rudnick has announced he is going to run against her. He’s experienced in Massachusetts politics, having been involved in the campaigns of Warren Tolman and Martha Coakley.

From Wicked Local Brookline:

“To me, it’s pretty simple; I feel strongly that we can do better in the Legislature,” Rudnick said. “They’re mired in scandal and awash in special interest money … I’d like to get in there and make a difference and fight for  progressive issues.”

I don’t know much about him yet, but it sounds like he understands the problem.