Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein on Friday issued a terse statement in response to the since-deleted Facebook post from Daniel Loeb, a wealthy political donor and backer of charter schools.

“The statements are wrong and have to be repudiated,” Klein said. “I dissociate myself from such statements.”

Klein is the latest elected officials to criticize the racially charged remarks by Loeb, a wealthy hedge fund manager who wrote on Facebook that Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has done more to hurt people of color than a person in a hood — a seeming allusion to the Ku Klux Klan.

The Loeb remarks, which he apologized for, add a new element to an already inflamed situation within the state Senate, where liberal activists are trying to push Klein’s eight-member bloc back to the mainline Democratic fold in the chamber.