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Republicans Seize on Nursing-Home Deaths to Weaken Democrats

  • Cuomo not the only governor under fire for pandemic’s handling
  • GOP aims to deploy same weapon Democrats used against Trump
President Joe Biden and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
President Joe Biden and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Michigan.Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans are weaponizing Covid-19’s nursing home deaths.

In recent months, GOP lawmakers have heaped criticism on Democratic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California for early missteps in handling the pandemic. Michigan Republicans, hostile to Governor Gretchen Whitmer throughout the crisis, are now asking the state’s attorney general to investigate how she coped with that challenge.