#EXCLUSIVE: Significant other of Mike Bloomberg shares why he's now opening an office in Idaho

Posted at 4:40 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 00:29:56-05

6 On Your Side’s Madeline White will have this full story on channel 6 at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday:

With Idahoans recruited as staffers and door knockers, with TV ads on the air that target Idahoans, and with the decorated office leaving an unmissable mark in the heart of downtown Boise; it's safe to say Bloomberg's campaign is not shying away from spending dollars on Gem State voters.

Tuesday evening, Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign opened its first Idaho field office on 16th and Main.

But why invest that money in Idaho?

"This is a very libertarian state, and we oughta have a system where if you work hard, you will get ahead," said Diana Taylor in an exclusive interview with 6 On Your Side's Madeline White. Taylor, Bloomberg's longtime partner, is in Boise to help open the new campaign field office.

Taylor is New York City's former "Unofficial First Lady" and a former New York State Superintendent of Banks. She has been in a relationship with Bloomberg for the last twenty years.

"Idaho's important," said Taylor. "It's really important."

When it comes to presidential elections, it's no secret Idaho has voted Republican for the last several decades; but Taylor says she thinks Bloomberg and the state of Idaho are still alike in some ways.

"I think the decision was made because the values of the people here are very similar to the values of Michael Bloomberg and his campaign," said Taylor. "He believes climate change needs to be stopped -- we need to do something about it. We need clean air. We need clean water."

Idahoans will vote in the Democratic primary on March 10, which Taylor says reiterates the necessity of a field office in the Gem State.

"The primary in Idaho is just a few days after Super Tuesday, so it's a big part of the big bulk of when the delegates get picked," said Taylor.

Taylor said she hopes the nominee will be Bloomberg, but if it's not, the Idahoans he hired as staffers will not be out of the job.

"Whether or not he is the nominee for this party, he will continue funding that organization to make sure that that Democrat, whoever the democrats elect, gets into the White House in November," said Taylor, to a room full of applause.

"This is the most important race, I think, in my lifetime," said Taylor. "We have to win this. The Democrats have to win this. And we need every single solitary vote that we can possibly get."

All this, she says, is part of Bloomberg's campaign's hopes for unseating Donald Trump.

Bloomberg’s office, located at 1655 W. Fairview Avenue, Ste. 100, in Boise, will be open to the public starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Idaho staffers for the Bloomberg's campaign will travel to Sandpoint, Eagle, and Ririe, according to a representative, to talk to Democrats about Mike and how they feel "he is the best candidate to beat Donald Trump."

6 On Your Side’s Madeline White will have this full story at 10:00.