The campaign of one of Assemblywoman Janet Duprey's Republican primary opponents says there's a conspiracy afoot: If Mrs. Duprey loses tomorrow's race, she will jump on the Democratic line in the general election.
Just two problems with Karen Bisso's campaign's claims: Mrs. Duprey doesn't want to, and it appears all but impossible.
"It's ludicrous," Mrs. Duprey said. "Would I do it? No. Have I been offered? No. Have I discussed it? No. And I don't think legally it's possible."
The Bisso campaign's theory is that Tim Carpenter, a Plattsburgh city councilman, is a stalking horse in the race. He secured the Democratic line so that if Mrs. Duprey lost the Republican primary, he would step aside and she would take his line, the Bisso campaign says. (David Kimmel is also running in tomorrow's GOP primary.)
But short of moving out of the state, dying or running for another office, Mr. Carpenter can't simply get off the Democratic line.
Let's safely rule out the first two. It would take some statewide collusion for Mr. Carpenter to run for another office. He would need to be nominated for a judicial slot; judicial nominating conventions take place after Thursday. If he was nominated for a judge slot, he'd be able to turn down the Democratic line.
It's a remote possibility, but Mrs. Duprey said she hasn't discussed it with anybody, Mr. Carpenter or otherwise.
"This is the kind of thing that they talk and throw this stuff out without any research, that their supposed facts are just so outrageous on so many issues," she said.
Mrs. Duprey said that she has been a Republican since she first registered to vote at 18.
Asked if she would ever run on a Democratic line, Mrs. Duprey said: "I can't imagine there would be a circumstance where I would."
The Bisso campaign wasn't having it.
"It's hard to believe much of what she says," said Alicia Sirk, the campaign chairwoman for Mrs. Bisso.
Mr. Carpenter has told Chris Morris of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that he's in the race to win it.
"I have no intention of dropping out of this race. Once this primary is over, you'll see my signs going out; my website will go up," he told Chris.