Corruption probe might not hurt Cuomo's US profile

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Associated Press

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 2 at 6:03 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Both are big-name governors of populous states. Both have presidential aspirations and a reputation for bare-knuckle bullying. And both are now facing criticism — and the scrutiny of federal prosecutors — for their administration's penchant for micromanagement.

While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal resonates with any driver who has ever sat in traffic, the troubles facing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his handling of a special anti-corruption commission are more subtle, complicated by political and legal nuance.

Some observers tell The Associated Press that means Cuomo has a good shot at surviving his current controversy without much more than a dent in his national stature. But they warn that additional revelations could disrupt not only a second Cuomo term but also his national ambitions.

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