Chris Cuomo on Mario’s rules for life

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo aired a six-minute tribute to his father Tuesday morning, recounting his rules for life and challenging those who dubbed him the “Hamlet on the Hudson.”

ChrisCuomoFormer three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo died Thursday of heart failure. He was 82.

Chris Cuomo, Mario’s youngest son and a co-host of CNN’s “New Day,” remembered his father as someone who stuck to his closely held beliefs, maintained a sense of humor and urged all to do good in the world.

He shared some of his father’s rules for life: “A handshake is firm. A tie is tied in a Windsor knot. A man shines his own shoes and does so often. He carries a hankie — one for others, one for himself. He wears a hat, not a cap unless it’s a cheese cutter. He always has cash and does not go Dutch. Pass first, shoot second. Play hard and then play harder.”

Chris Cuomo dismissed his father’s nickname of “Hamlet on the Hudson” as “media speak.” Mario Cuomo never wanted to run for president, Chris Cuomo said, but others tried to convince him.

“Many could not or would not accept that and tried publicly and privately to push him to do otherwise,” Chris Cuomo said. “For better or worse, that’s what separated my father from other politicians. He, in fact, did not vacillate, and until the day he died I never heard him regret the decision. Period.”

He signed off with nod to his father.

“The truth hurts, Pop would say, and this truth hurts worse than I imagined,” Chris Cuomo said. “But I also know what Pop would tell me to do: Wipe my face, let my kids see that I love them, be there for my family and do the right thing. And I will, Pop. Just like you.”

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