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The mother of Republican county legislative candidate Amos Goodman last week got an up-close and personal look at her son's opponent, Bridget Fleming, by paying $25 to attend a breakfast fundraiser at a local church for the Southampton Town board member.

Mary Marcus detailed the encounter on her blog marymarcusfiction.com under the posting, "My short-lived life as a political undercover agent."

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Using her maiden name, under which she writes, Marcus initially wore a name tag, and socialized, meeting both the local party leader and term-limited Legis. Jay Schneiderman, whom both Fleming and Goodman are seeking to succeed.

Marcus then introduced herself to Fleming, shook her hand, and couldn't resist asking her about her GOP opponent. Apparently the only info she picked up is that Fleming does not talk about Goodman.

According to Marcus, Fleming said, "I don't speak his name," adding that if anyone mentions it at headquarters "they are fined -- they have to put a quarter in the jar."

Reached later, Fleming said she talked to many people at the event and no one identified herself as Goodman's mother. Of the comment Marcus attributed to her, Fleming said she couldn't speak to any specific conversation, but said it may have been "a lighthearted comment" that she "undoubtedly could have made."

Fleming said she campaigns on issues affecting local residents and her own credentials as a town official and former prosecutor.