At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were adored by many on the left.
Now, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California both face a political crisis.
For Cuomo, it’s a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the virus in nursing homes. For Newsom, it’s a recall effort fueled by opposition to his strict lockdowns — and his own personal missteps.
When schools and workplaces were first shuttered last March, Cuomo went on television for daily briefings that were sharply critical of the Trump administration. The briefings were widely celebrated, aided in part by Cuomo’s CNN news host brother and even landing the governor an International Emmy award.
Newsom, meanwhile, was hailed by his liberal allies for imposing early and severe lockdowns.