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GOP Strategist: Steele Should Resign

RNC head Michael Steele's first electoral test came last night in New York's special election to replace Sen. Kristen Gillibrand's seat. According to famed GOP operative Roger Stone, he failed so badly that he should resign. While the results have not been finalized in the ultra-close election, Stone says that RNC incompetence turned what should have been a blowout in the GOP-leaning district into a nail-biter. “While saying the race was a priority, Mr. Steele provided neither the financial support nor campaign co-ordination needed for victory,” Stone said in a radio appearance on The Fred Dicker Show in Albany. Stone is best known in political circles for his notorious dirty tricks—he was an organizer of the Brooks Brothers riot during the 2000 Florida recount.