Two Democratic governors see stars dimmed by virus woes

Posted at 8:25 AM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 11:25:22-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis.

Now they’re leaders on the ropes. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in distinct political woes.

For Cuomo, it’s a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic.

For Newsom, it's fending off a recall effort fueled by opposition to his lockdowns — and his own personal missteps.

But for both men the bottom line is clear: If you’re not careful, the same crisis that can raise your stock can just as easily bring you down.