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No truth to rumor Carpenter is a Kentucky voter

Some Republicans have been circulating a rumor that GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Carpenter voted in a recent general election in Kentucky.

COURTESY PHOTO - Bend businessman Sam CarpenterDid Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Carpenter vote in Kentucky in the past general election? Some Republicans seem to think so.

Carpenter's wife, Diana, is from Kentucky. The couple have owned a property and a business in that state, according to public records.

Hence, the rumor that Carpenter might have voted in one of the past two elections in Kentucky, while claiming to have been a resident of Oregon, didn't exactly come out of nowhere.

But a search of Kentucky voter registrations turned up no one by Carpenter's name and date of birth. A subsequent call to the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office also yielded no hits.

"We do not have any record for Samuel Stephen Carpenter," wrote Bradford Queen, communications director for the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office, in an email Wednesday, April 25, to Oregon Capital Insider.

The Bend businessman registered to vote in Oregon on Nov. 2, 1992, according to the Deschutes County Clerk's Office.

"That's the first I've heard of that particular rumor," Carpenter said.

"My Republican opponents are tying you, media people, up with distractions."

Carpenter faces retired Naval aviator Greg Wooldridge of Portland and state Rep. Knute Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon, in the May 15 primary. The winner will make a bid to unseat Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat.