Chris Cuomo is speaking from the heart with his older brother. The CNN newsman shared an uncharacteristically sweet, emotional moment with his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Wednesday, as he praised him for the way he's guided his state and even calling him "the best politician in the country."
While the governor has appeared on his brother's night news program, Cuomo Prime Time, frequently over the past few months, the two often have a jokingly combative on-air relationship.
However, all bickering was put to the side when Chris shared words of genuine love and support while admitting that having his brother as a guest has been "an unusual thing."
"We've never really done it, but this was an unusual time. And they were unusual needs. You stepped up in an unusual way," Chris said. "And of course I won't always be able to keep having you on... it will never be seen as fair in people's eyes. And we both get that, that's okay, you have plenty of people to talk to."
However, and Chris explained it, June is "a big month" for the Cuomo brothers. Especially considering June 15th marks the birthday of their late father, Mario Cuomo, who died in January 2015 at the age of 82.
Mario served as the governor of New York for three terms from 1983 to 1994, and Chris told his older brother that their dad was "proud when you became governor, because of what he knew you would do."
"What he wanted to see is what you do with the opportunity. And everything that he ever said mattered to him about public service, is what you demonstrated right here and right now, during this period, when your state needed it most," Chris continued. "Not everybody likes you, not everybody likes me. Everybody seems to like pop now, I guess that's the benefit of being out for a while."
"But I hope you recognize what even I'm able to recognize -- being spawned from the same wolf pack -- I hope you are able to appreciate what you did in your state and what it means for the rest of the country now and what it will always mean to those who love and care about you the most."