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Does Cynthia Creem Have a Conflict of Interest on Alimony Reform?

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The Globe Says Yes – Creem Says No. What are the Facts?

Cynthia Creem is Senate co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. In that position she has the power, along with Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, of deciding the Committee’s agenda. That power allows a legislator to essentially block any bill before that committee. If there is a law that either chair doesn’t want to see passed – it doesn’t matter how much support it has – the chair persons can block it.

She is also a practicing divorce attorney. She charges over $400 per hour to represent clients.

She is a partner at her family’s law firm, Stone Stone & Creem. As a founding partner, Sen. Creem has a financial interest in every case handled by a high end law firm with 4 partners. At over $400 per hour, it is likely that almost every case handled by her firm will consider Alimony.

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Charles Rudnick: Pro-Choice Candidate for Senate

[ed_note]Charles Rudnick, candidate for state senate in the 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Senate District released the following statement today.[/ed_note]
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Democratic state Senate candidate Charles Rudnick reasserted today his unwavering support for a woman’s right to choose and his long history of working for female candidates for office and the issues they champion.

“I will take a back seat to no one when it comes to fighting for women’s rights to choose, to earn equal pay, to receive equal treatment in all facets of the workforce,” Rudnick said.

Rudnick, who is running for the Senate seat representing Newton, Brookline and Wellesley, made his comments after a last-ditch political mailing in the race misled some supporters about his position.

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Creem and Rudnick at the Brookline Town Hall Candidates Forum

Here is video of the Candidates Forum at the Brookline Town Hall hosted by the Brookline Democratic Town Committee.

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Part 1: Opening Statements

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Charles Rudnick: Grassroots Campaign By the Numbers

[ed_note]The following statement was released by the Charles Rudnick Campaign. Charles Rudnick is a candidate for the 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Senate Distrct [/ed_note]

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With one week to go, Charles Rudnick, progressive Democratic candidate running for State Senate to represent Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley, announces that his campaign has knocked on the doors of 12,175 families, including homes in every precinct of the district. The campaign has also called 15,810 families, collected over 1,000 signatures to be on the ballot (only 300 were required), and written 11,234 postcards to follow up on these conversations.

“I’m offering engaged, accessible, and energetic leadership for the future,” said Rudnick. “Individual contact with voters is a focal point of my campaign. The energy I am putting into engaging with the people of Newton, Brookline and Wellesley is something I will continue as State Senator.”

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Warren Tolman and George Bachrach Endorse Charles Rudnick

[ed_note]Former State Senators Warren Tolman and George Bachrach have issued the following statement endorsing Charles Rudnick for State Senate[/ed_note]

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To the Editor:

We have great respect for state Senator Cynthia Creem.  We share her progressive values and we appreciate her progressive voting record.  But we strongly support Charles Rudnick for election to the state Senate representing Brookline, Newton and Wellesley.

Why?

We have both served in the state Senate.  We understand how it works.  There are two kinds of state senators…those who lead and those who follow.  Leadership is hard.  It requires courage and creativity and independence.

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Ned Holstein: Senator Creem and Mr. Rudnick, Help our children

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The Newton TAB and the Boston Globe have reported a bizarre flier that has been distributed lately in Newton. It claims that Senator Cynthia Creem is “perpetuating a war against children and parents.” As chairman of the board of Fathers & Families, a national nonprofit with 6,000 supporters in Massachusetts, I am dismayed by this foolish attack. Unfortunately, the rants of a tiny group called FathersUnite.org cause people to dismiss important questions about the family courts, the welfare of our children and our elected officials.

The experience of a Fathers & Families member makes the problem clear. When his 2-year-old son Joshua (fictitious name to protect privacy) is frightened, he reflexively throws his arms around his dad and holds on for dear life. For some reason, he gets special comfort from holding onto dad’s earlobe. Unfortunately, since his parents separated, the courts have ordered that he only gets to see his dad about four days per month, with no overnights. Joshua toddles around the house searching for “Dada, Dada,” is often sad and sleeps poorly at night.

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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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Alimony Reform bill (H1785) waiting on casino bill battle

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The Massachusetts alimony reform bill (H1785) is for now stuck in committee while key legislators are busy with the casino bill battle.

A compromise alimony reform bill is being worked on in the Alimony Reform Task force.

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