From the Morning Memo:

Senate Democrats late Thursday evening condemned racially charged comments posted to Facebook by a wealthy donor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In the since-deleted post, Daniel Loeb seemingly makes a reference to the Ku Klux Klan, writing that Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”

The comment came in response to a New York Times story Loeb shared that reported a tense exchange between Cuomo and Stewart-Cousins last month in which she accused the governor of not seeing as anything but a black woman.

β€œIn 2017 it is outrageous and offensive that this type of language is used by someone with such wide political influence,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy. “There is no place in our discourse, political or otherwise, for these dangerous words. Daniel Loeb should be utterly ashamed of his disgusting statements. This whole episode speaks volumes about the state of our politics right here in New York.”

A Cuomo spokesman also criticized the remarks by Loeb to the Times saying, “We have no connection with these comments whatsoever, and in our opinion they are entirely inappropriate and have no place in the public discourse.”

Loeb is a prominent backer of charter schools and the education reform movement, which the governor has embraced, much to the chagrin of public teachers unions and their allies in public education advocacy organizations.

In recent months, Cuomo has not emphasized charter schools as much, setting aside a contentious issue that roiled the Legislature and budget talks.

Loeb has been cast a villain, too, by these organizations when demonstrating the influence of money in politics.

But the tensions with activists who have pushed for increased public education spending remain. Cynthia Nixon, an actress and public education advocate who has criticized the governor’s record on the issue, is being discussed as a potential candidate for governor.