After the report of Gov. Cuomo’s difficulties with the Senate Democrats, hedge funder Dan Loeb made what the New York Times delicately described as a “racial remark.” He posted on Facebook that Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a black woman, was worse than the KKK.
Thank God for Jeff Klein and those who stand for educational choice and support Charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack [a typo for black] kids. Meanwhile hypocrites like Stewart-Cousins who pay fealty to powerful union thugs and bosses do more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.
Normally, one guy’s racist Facebook posts wouldn’t be news–we have a President’s tweets to worry about–except that Dan Loeb isn’t just any guy. He’s the chair of the Success Academy charter school network and a major donor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaigns. Cue the uproar.
Critics called on Cuomo and others to give back Loeb’s contributions. City Comptroller Scott Stringer contributed the $4,500 he received from Loeb to support Robert Jackson’s state Senate campaign. That’s a double blow since Jackson, a leading advocate of public schools, is running against IDC member Marisol Alcantara and his victory would help Stewart-Cousins lead the Senate.
This comes in the midst of an ongoing divide within Success Academy and the charter school movement. Its CEO, Eva Moskowitz, defended Donald Trump and praised Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. That support for Trump pushed Shavar Jeffries, president of Democrats for Education Reform, to resign from the board. (Jeffries ran for Mayor of Newark and is also the cousin of Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries). Meanwhile, Loeb continues to serve as the chair of the Success Academy board.