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Candidate alleges 'dirty deal'

The Wilson Pakula document allows political parties to endorse candidates outside their membership.

When asked about the e-mail, Champagne said the reason he sent it was because he felt threatened by Hoblock, whom he called "a powerful man."

According to Champagne, Hoblock was upset that he did not receive the endorsement and told Champagne, "There will be s**t to pay," if he was elected. Champagne said he took that as Hoblock would punish the party for not endorsing him.

Hoblock said he doesn't know where Champagne got that idea.

Caputo said he, and the party, would be looking into the allegations.

"The Independence Party is committed to the highest ethical standards in government and politics. That is our core principle," Caputo said. "These are very serious allegations, and I certainly hope they aren't true."

At Hoblock's press conference, he urged Albany County District Attorney David Soares to investigate allegations that Champagne offered his party's support in exchange for a town position.

During the press conference, held at the Colonie Republican Headquarters on Wolf Road, Hoblock told the press "a very serious issue has come to light." He was accompanied by Republican Town Board candidates Dan Dustin and Peter Crouse, as well as Colonie Receiver of Taxes Michele Zilgme, who is also running in the upcoming election.

Hoblock also called on Mahan to rescind any applications for employment Champagne has with the town, as well as for her to withdraw from her Independence Party endorsement.

Hoblock said he also wished for Mahan "to make clear that she should not hire Champagne if elected."

"The behavior of Ken Champagne has brought discredit to the Independence Party. But this is about more than politics," he said. "This case is about whether Paula Mahan used the people's money to try to buy herself another line on the ballot." ""

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