Despite union support, Gladd takes $11K from NYSUT foe
Oct 30, 2018 6:20 am
Chris Bragg is reporting for the Times Union two groups typically allied with state Senate Democrats are calling for state Senate candidate, Democrat Aaron Gladd, to return an $11,000 campaign donation from the hedge-fund billionaire and charter school supporter Daniel Loeb. Loeb's comments last year unfavorably comparing Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to the Ku Klux Klan, created a significant controversy. In that post Loeb said Stewart-Cousins, the first African-American woman to lead the Senate Democrats, had done more "damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood," in reference to the leader's support of the state teachers union. Loeb later apologized for the comments. Gladd has been endorsed by the New York State United Teachers, but still received the financial backing from Loeb, who has otherwise donated heavily to help Senate Republicans. Leaders of the labor-backed Strong Economy for All Coalition and Alliance for Quality Education, who typically line-up with Senate Democrats, called on Gladd to return Loeb’s campaign funds. "I'm not returning the money, and the only thing that is toxic is Albany," Gladd told the Times Union on October 29. "I'm trying to change that." In an interview, Gladd said he did not believe his union allies would oppose his taking Loeb's contribution. Read the full story in the Times Union.