A prominent political consultant for the state Senate Republicans agreed to resign after reports surfaced that he had made a threatening phone call to Gov. Eliot Spitzer's father.
Roger Stone denied making the call, saying he had been "set up."
Republican Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said in Albany that Stone was still asked to resign because the allegations could "only serve as a distraction from the real issues."
Bruno and Spitzer have been at odds for months. Most recently, they have sparred over the efforts of two Spitzer aides to discredit Bruno by releasing details of his state-funded travel.