Former President Clinton and former New York Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE said that they were “terribly saddened” by the Thursday death of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (D).

ADVERTISEMENT

“Mario's life was the very embodiment of the American dream,” they said in a statement released by the Clinton Foundation.

“It was Mario Cuomo's great gift and our good fortune that he was both a sterling orator and a passionate public servant,” they said. “His life was a blessing.”

Two of the most powerful families in Democratic politics, the Clintons and Cuomos were connected by more than ideology. Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMaxwell accuser testifies the British socialite was present when Epstein abuse occurred Epstein pilot testifies Maxwell was 'number two' in operation Federal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill MORE considered nominating Mario Cuomo to the Supreme Court in 1993, and Cuomo’s son, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration.

The Clintons were only two of many notable politicians who praised Cuomo. President Obama called him “a determined champion of progressive values.”

Cuomo spent more than a decade as New York’s governor before he was defeated in 1994 by George Pataki (R).