Yes it could be that you're scum trying to save a scum mate, but I feel like the better strategy there is to save a scum mate by putting votes elsewhere. So I have that down lower on motivation list. It would be kinda a rookie move.
I like you so I want to believe that your town motivation is genuine, but you'd have to hard ignore the site meta that we have of switching trains multiple times in a day and putting up several people before settling on someone late (almost NEVER the first person trained). It just seems so weird.