For local Republicans, their suspicions have been validated as the Watertown Daily Times reports in an editorial that GOP Congressional nominee Diedre Scozzafava is now backing Democrat Bill Owens for Congress.
"During the day Saturday, she began to quietly and thoughtfully encourage her supporters to vote for Democrat William L. Owens," read the text in this mornings Times endorsement of Mr. Owens.
Yesterday, Ms. Scozzafava suspended her campaign after being given a sneak preview of the Siena College poll numbers showing her desperately behind Owens and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Many GOP regulars have been critical of Scozzafava's liberal views on some issues and her dalliances with the far-left Working Families Party. That is what led to the conservative insurrection upon her designation as the nominee by four county chairs at a meeting over the summer in Potsdam.
Her reported backing of Mr. Owens no doubt is also due to the bitter pill she swallowed in withdrawing from race four days before the election, a move that approaches the definition of "unprecedented."
Ms.Scozzafava considered Hoffman a Judas for not backing her after they both competed for the Republican nod. If todays Times editorial is to be believed, she is returning the favor.