Perhaps unexpectedly, the coronavirus has pushed many celebrities into the spotlight for one reason or another. Whether celebs like Idris Elba and Tom Hanks, who gained the sympathy of fans after announcing they tested positive, or others like Vanessa Hudgens, who was criticized for being insensitive during the pandemic, and Kylie Jenner, who was mocked by social media users for being out of touch with the everyday ailments of the general public who aren’t as fortunate as her, there’s a range of famous people making headlines these days.
But out of the crisis have arisen two even more unexpected stars — the Cuomo brothers. While Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, and Chris Cuomo, a CNN news talk show host, have been in the public eye for years, they gained notoriety together after a video of their televised casual, brotherly banter went viral in mid-March 2020. At 62 and 49 years old respectively, the two brothers (painfully accurately) argue over which sibling their mother loves most.
Since then, Andrew has gained much of the public’s trust for his handling of the coronavirus in New York state, where the pandemic has hit hard. In fact, his approval ratings have never been higher. But his brother, Chris, has gained the spotlight for another reason: He contracted the virus himself. And as happens with the disease, we are finding out now that it has spread quickly to his family, including his son, Mario.
Chris Cuomo's son is named after his famous grandfather
Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Chris’ wife who also contracted the virus, posted on her Instagram on April 22, 2020 that their son Mario got sick, too. “My heart hurts more than my head over his infection,” she said, noting “this virus does not discriminate.” Cristina added her belief that kids, although more “resilient,” suffer from symptoms at the same “severity” as adults, noting that 14-year-old Mario lost his senses of taste and smell.
A post shared by Cristina Cuomo (@cristinacuomo) on Dec 22, 2019 at 10:46am PST
While Mario isn’t in the public eye nearly as often as his father and uncle, he still has people worried over his health. And for good reason — not only is Mario young with a great life ahead of him, but he also has big shoes to fill and could be destined for similar fame, given his heavy name. Indeed, the teenager carries the weight and name of his grandfather, Mario Cuomo, who governed New York for three terms (just over a decade) from 1983-1994. Among the original Mario’s accomplishments that outlived him are his famous speeches and progressive stance.
Years later in 2010, when Andrew Cuomo was elected governor, it marked “the first time in New York’s history that a father and son had been elected chief executive” (via New York Times). Aptly put by Business Insider, the Cuomos have become somewhat of a “political dynasty” in New York. It remains to be seen whether young Mario continues his grandfather’s tradition by running for office someday.
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