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McCarter: 'Stood by my principles' in GOP leadership fight but slams Radogno

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SPRINGFIELD-The downstate Republican who challenged Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno for her leadership slot sounded anything but conciliatory early Thursday, slamming her reign and questioned the fortitude of colleagues who backed her.

"Stepped up to lead & stood by my principles but not enough Rep senators had the courage to break from the Radogno failing status quo," McCarter (R-Lebanon) wrote in his Twitter feed several hours after the 19-member Senate GOP caucus voted in Radogno.

The vote broke 12-6 for Radogno over McCarter, with one member casting a single vote for state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), who was not a candidate in the leadership fight and is eying a 2014 bid for governor.

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