New York Republican special election candidate Dede Scozzafava was in town today, and she stopped in to say hi to special-election-winning Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) at his Capitol office. Alas, the congressman wasn’t home.

Scozzafava spokesman Matthew Burns describes it as an impromptu encounter.

“It wasn’t a part of any official itinerary,” Burns said. “She was walking through to some meetings and bumped into some people who knew her. So she stopped in to say hello.”

Much as Scozzafava is doing now, Murphy waged a special election in upstate New York earlier this year, succeeding Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a pitched battle in the 20th district. The election for the 23rd looks like another barnburner, and will be held Nov. 3.

A source in Murphy’s office said Scozzafava stopped by unexpectedly and asked for the congressman, saying she was “touching base” with the delegation.