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Creem denounces attack by fathers rights activist

Posted by Brock Parker  August 18, 2010 04:45 PM

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State Senator Cynthia Creem is denouncing what she calls a hateful and bigoted attack by a Westborough activist who is accusing her of having a conflict of interest on alimony reform and criticizing her support of transgender legislation.

Bob Norton, of Westborough, who runs a website FathersUnite.org advocating for changes to state divorce and custody laws, is circulating flyers that claim Creem is using her position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to block legislation that would reform state alimony laws.

He claims Creem has a conflict of interest with alimony reform because she is a divorce attorney, and that she is “effectively supporting child abuse” by blocking shared parenting legislation to allow divorced fathers equal time with their children.

Creem said she has no conflict of interest with efforts to reform divorce law, and said she wants to safeguard the children of divorce.

Charles Rudnick, of Newton, who is running against Creem in the Democratic Primary, has called for Creem to recuse herself from efforts to reform alimony laws, because Rudnick said there is at least the appearance that Creem’s profession as a family law attorney creates a conflict of interest.

But Rudnick said he has no affiliation with Norton and condemned the “inflammatory language” in Norton’s flyer as “deplorable.”

The flyer also states that Creem has a reckless voting record and wants transsexuals and cross-dressers “to be able to use their choice of bathrooms with our young children.”

Creem, a Democrat from Newton, has been a major supporter of a transgender bill that would make workplace and housing discrimination against transgendered people illegal and would protect them against hate crimes. Critics have claimed the bill would make it easier for sex offenders to have access to young children in public restrooms by allowing people of both genders to use single-sex facilities.

Creem said she will continue her work in the Legislature to protect the constitutional rights of her constituents regardless of their gender, age, racial or ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation.

“It is unfortunate that my accomplishments as a progressive leader have led to such a hateful and bigoted attack against me and the values that I share with the majority of my constituents,” Creem said.

Norton said he has no affiliation with Rudnick and he has not endorsed the challenger’s campaign. He said he’s working with a loose knit network of people across the state advocating for reform to state alimony and custody laws, which he said are sexist against men.

Before the Sept. 14 Democratic Primary, Norton said he will distribute about 30,000 of his flyers in the senatorial district where Creem is seeking re-election, which includes Newton and parts of Brookline and Wellesley.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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