I’ve been watching the campaign unfold for the Oneida County Judge, and I am trying to figure out something that should be very clear: Which O’Melia is Mike Bloom running against: Patrick or John?
Since Patrick is currently a sitting judge and not up for re-election, I am going to assume that Bloom is running against John O’Melia. Will other voters make the same assumption or distinction? John O’Melia’s campaign signs do not distinguish between him and his brother. It is very possible that there will be some voters who will see the O’Melia name and conclude “He’s been doing a pretty good job so far, so there’s no reason to not vote for him.”
I share this sentiment regarding Patrick O’Melia, but he’s not the O’Melia that is currently running against Bloom for the open Oneida County judgeship.
I don’t know John O’Melia personally; I am sure he’s a great person, and is qualified to sit on the Oneida County bench. It just seems to me that when you’re selecting a judge or anyone else for public office that you want to know exactly who it is that you are voting for.
Chris Moran, Rhinelander