Here’s something that’s interesting: Tom O’Mara can be defeated


A tale of two senators

In 2012, State Senator Tom O’Mara was unopposed in the general election for the 58th district of New York. This state senate district covered all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).  At the same time that Tom O’Mara was unopposed, Barack Obama won his state senate district 50% to 47% according to election results. The only time someone opposed O’Mara was in 2010, a Republican landslide year.

Ever since then Senator O’Mara has gone without a democratic challenger. It shows that both local democrats and the state party have not been able to recruit a candidate within the counties that comprise the 58th district of New York

Some say it’s because he’s an entrenched incumbent in a district within a Republican held congressional district. Others say it’s because those who fund him will never stop funding him. Out of a small hill we have made a mountain. This is something we Democrats are good at; we make mountains out of mole hills.

Tom O’Mara takes money from big oil; he ignores his constituents or outright insults them. He calls anyone who disagrees with an expletive.

Natural gas development has always been something that has been opposed by majorities of people in the Southern Tier. Tom O’mara has always favored it. The insults he hurled at one constituent are insults he hurled at all constituents. What he supports and what the people of the Southern Tier want are two different futures.

The time has come to realize that Tom O’Mara is not some legislative deity. He can be defeated. It is time to realize that the contempt he showed towards a constituent in a video published by the Albany Times Union is what he thinks of his constituents.

Regardless of what one’s opinion is about Crestwood, one must agree that Senator O’Mara was out of line when he shouted obscenities at a harmless constituent.

If that is how he treats those who have the encouragement to get involved in their communities then his “apology” was not an apology. It was merely a justification for his behavior.

O’Mara didn’t even apologize for what he said, but only apologized about how he said it.

When someone says, I don’t like the backhanded tactics in a supposed apology; it’s an attempt to spread the blame for his behavior. Even if a constituent is asking you questions which you think are invasive, a legislator never has the ground to insult said constituent or get aggressive with someone they represent.

So if Tom O’Mara really wants to apologize for his behavior he needs to not seem so alienated from the concerns of his constituents. He needs to actually talk to the community and not hide in Albany.

This is also his biggest flaw and what makes him vulnerable. For any legislator to be filmed attacking, harassing, or assaulting his constituents and try to justify the behavior with a halfhearted apology shows how out of touch with the district he is.

For a State senator who represents more than three counties he rarely makes public appearances, he has no active social media presence, and the only time I have ever seen him hold a town hall meeting was with Tom Reed.

By reacting the way he did,State Senator Tom O’mara has had his Michael Grimm moment.

This proposed LPG facility is the biggest “not in my backyard” issue of the Southern Tier. Mobilization that the Seneca Lake defenders are inspiring is the sort of get out the vote effort needed to inspire people to come out and vote. But it’s not just Ithaca liberals, its people from every county in the district and the crowd is bipartisan.

The fact that an industry which gives campaign contributions to Senator O’Mara is having a problem with community relations is just icing on the cake. That company and industry can and are being directly linked to Tom O’Mara.

As the constituent in the video said, Tom O’Mara is an interesting fella. With a one seat Republican majority in the State Senate, and Democrats across the state mobilizing to take back the Senate, this district, our home should be a 2016 electoral battleground.

If Chevron, Chesapeake Energy and others can be defeated by the people of the Southern Tier and New York state then so can their pawns.

State Senator Tom O’Mara’s days as our representative are numbered either now or in redistricting in 2020. For the sake of our home and our community let’s elect someone who will defend the Southern Tier, and fight for our towns and our hills, lakes, and of course our beloved wine.

As some have said in the past this is ours for the taking. The motto for the upcoming elections in 2016: “We are all Seneca Lake!”

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8 Responses to Here’s something that’s interesting: Tom O’Mara can be defeated

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Two peas from the same pod, Tom O’Mara, and Tom Reed, can both be defeated. With proven lack of interest in their constituents valid and pressing concerns, both of these men are now experiencing a grassroots pushback. Let it begin.


  2. whungerford says:

    Was the “protester” an agent provocateur for the energy companies?


  3. Anne says:

    You know, the person who recorded this can’t have known that he’d provoke this kind of reaction from O’Mara…but I’m glad both that it happened and that it was recorded. It ought to tell voters all they need to know about who and what this guy is. If that wasn’t enough, perhaps O’Mara’s whiny explanation that attempts to portray himself as the victim will convince them that this man isn’t who we want in that office.


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    ” This is something we Democrats are good at; we make mountains out of mole hills. ” you say. You also said, ” He needs to actually talk to the community and not hide in Albany. ” well how come when Tom is ” out in the community “, you say he should be in Washington ?
    By the way the ” Southern Tier ” is for FRACKING and only a minority is against the gas storage.
    There are 26 natiral gas storage facilities and 3 LNG storage facilities in operation now and they have been operating saftly for about 40 or 50 years 🙂


  5. Anne says:

    The polls actually say the opposite, Bob…opposition to fracking was the majority voet (and still growing), and then most New Yorkers supported Cuomo’s decision afterwards. I guess it’s always Opposite Day on the Bob Planet, though.


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    This state senate district covered all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County .
    WELL READ THIS 🙂…/hydrofracking-gives-chemung-county-ny-economic- boost.html?…


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    December 8, 2010 UN climate kooks want to cripple US economy and ban H2OMore articles by Christina » Written by: Christina
    Tags: cfact TV
    ” Some people will sign anything that includes phrases like, ”global effort,” “international community,” and “planetary.” Such was the case at COP 16, this year’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico.

    This year, CFACT students created two mock-petitions to test U.N. Delegates. The first asked participants to help destabilize the United States economy, the second to ban water.

    The first project, entitled “Petition to Set a Global Standard” sought to isolate and punish the United States of America for defying the international community, by refusing to bite, hook, line and sinker on the bait that is the Kyoto Protocol. The petition went so far as to encourage the United Nations to impose tariffs and trade restrictions on the U.S. in a scheme to destabilize the nation’s economy. Specifically, the scheme seeks to lower the U.S. GDP by 6% over a ten year period, unless the U.S. signs a U.N. treaty on global warming.

    This would be an extremely radical move by the United Nations. Even so, radical left-wing environmentalists from around the world scrambled eagerly to sign.

    The second project was as successful as the first. It was euphemistically entitled “Petition to Ban the Use of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)” (translation water). It was designed to show that if official U.N. delegates could be duped by college students into banning water, that they could essentially fall for anything, including pseudo-scientific studies which claim to show that global warming is man-caused.

    Despite the apparently not-so-obvious reference to H2O, almost every delegate that collegian students approached signed their petition to ban that all too dangerous substance, which contributes to the greenhouse effect, is the major substance in acid rain, and is fatal if inhaled.

    Perhaps together, the footage associated with these two projects will illustrate to mainstream America the radical lengths many current U.N. delegates are willing to go to carry out an agenda no more ethical, plausible or practical than the banning water. ”


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