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Candidate alleges 'dirty deal'

Caputo said Sunday, "At no time did we ever have any idea, as a party, any of this was going on."

Caputo said the party has begun an investigation into these allegations and that members of the party as far as Essex County have expressed their distress with this situation.

In a discussion last week, Champagne said he would have withdrawn from supporting any candidate if he were to get a position with the town.

"We have to be cautious of our conflicts of interest," he said, adding he has always been consistent in withdrawing from contests in which he has a conflict of interest.

Mahan said she did not offer Champagne a position with the town in exchange for his support.

"That is absolutely not true," she said. "And it's unfortunate that people spread those types of rumors."

A month after the Independence Party endorsed Mahan, Champagne sent an e-mail to the Colonie Republican Committee and several Independence Party committee members asking that the party reconsider its endorsement.

When Champagne was asked if at any point he had considered supporting Hoblock, he said he never did.

"No, I didn't want to," he said. "I was committed to the Democrats."

Champagne also said, "At no point did I want a primary."

However, in a July 17 e-mail to fellow Independence Party members, Champagne wrote that more petition signatures were obtained than he expected. He went on to say that while he was expecting far fewer signatures for the Republicans than were obtained, the efforts on part of both the Democrats and Republicans were "Herculean."

"I believe we should reconsider our position on the Hoblock-Mahan race," he said in the e-mail. "I ask that you consider what I have said and respond to me by Sunday noon time if you would be in support of holding an Emergency Executive Committee Meeting for the purpose of reconsidering whether or not to allow a primary for the Supervisor of Colonie position and issue a [Wilson] Pakula to Mike Hoblock."

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