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, â€œIâ€™m undecidedâ€ and the person said something like â€˜Cindy Creem is the incumbent senator whoâ€™s been fighting for educations, etc etcâ€¦ [no, they didn’t say et cetera] â€¦ Please remember to vote in September.â€™
This is definitely unusual for a State Senate race, especially so early. It shows some nervousness on the part of the Creem Campaign.
The Tab has been running its own unscientific web poll over the past few days. Both the Creem and Rudnick campaigns have encouraged their supporters to vote. The results are about even: 51% Creem, 49% Rudnick.
The comments below that poll are pretty telling about what the issues in the campaign seem to be.
Creem supporters cite:
- Leadership on many issues
- Being knowledgeable
- Practical and Analytical
Critics of Creem cite:
- Conflicts of interest with her law firm
- Being a ‘part time’ legislator
- Having been in office too long
- Her lack of leadership on Judiciary committee issues like the probation department scandal
Rudnick Supporters cite:
- He is a serious and knowledgeable candidate
- A true progressive
- Untainted by a culture of corruption on Beacon Hill
Critics of Rudnick cite:
- Lack of experience
Rudnick has been trying to make an issue of Creem having taken contributions from lobbyists but that so far doesn’t seem to have gained much traction. The issue of Creem being a part time legislator, and that she was complicit in voting for the probation department ‘reforms’ that cause the patronage scandal seem to be getting more attention from voters.