Once upon a time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was a rock star with his fellow Democrats, and the media fawned all over him. Remember that?

The honeymoon is over, Andy.

Like many of you, I was astounded when the Massachusetts-based Edward M. Kennedy Institute awarded Cuomo its Inspired Leadership Award for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis. That was in December, two short months ago. But oh, fate has been unkind to the son of Mario. With fewer Donald J. Trump stories to report, the media finally did its job and unmasked Cuomo for the fraud that he truly is.

Cuomo loaded the Empire State's nursing homes with COVID patients, sentencing many a poor grandma and grandpa to an untimely demise. The Kennedy Institute ignored the mounting evidence and honored Cuomo anyway. On the same day, the Institute honored another ham and egger, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

A bunch of vets died at a nursing home in Massachusetts too, but at least Baker didn't try to cover it up by lying.

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It seems Prince Andrew's crown has tarnish as Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for his head. According to a former aid, Cuomo lied about the number of oldsters who were COVID-ized in order to keep the Justice Department from finding out. Not only could Cuomo be driven from office, but he could also face criminal charges before all is said and done.

And just think, it was only a few months ago that CNN and the others were praising Cuomo for his daily press briefings and suggesting that he and not Joe Biden could be the Democrat's 2020 presidential nominee.

Wow, how the mighty have fallen.

So if the Edward M. Kennedy Institute calls and wants to honor you for inspired leadership, you might want to take a pass.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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