Like the clean click of an Audi's door closing goodnight, New York City's discreetest First Lady bids the public farewell, but leaves us with a piece of advice. “I think that at the end of a third term, I don’t care how good you’ve been, people are looking for something different,” Diana Taylor tells the Daily News. This must have sounded positively brilliant over the clack of silverware in a sparse dining room on the Upper East Side, November 4th, 2013.
The tabloid refers to their interview with Taylor as a "rare freewheeling" glimpse into her life with the city's most powerful man. But this quote from a "source" on her role is more incisive than the blanket affirmations of her boyfriend's policy decisions and scraps of details on the couple's New Zealand vacation plans.
“She is smart, she’s together, she is comfortable in her own skin,” a City Hall source once described her to The News. “It isn’t about social climbing for her. And from a staff person’s point of view, she is wonderful. She is low-maintenance and doesn’t interfere.”
Are we still talking about the person who graduated with Darmouth's second class of women? Or is this a pitch for PIMCO's ETF? Or a sensible business suit? Did she have any effect on the mayor's decisions?
The News asked Taylor if Bloomberg took her advice, the way de Blasio consults his wife. Taylor, who served as state banking superintendent and has an MBA and a master’s degree in public health, both from Columbia University, chuckled. “He had his own advisers, I told him my opinions on things I felt strongly about, and he would listen and then say, ‘Uh huh, thanks very much.’"
Does Technocracy bleed into the bedroom?
The couple’s political pillow talk these days, and over the years? Taylor, who has a hectic professional and civic life of her own, laughed.
“We were too tired. He’s up at 6 a.m. and left the house at 7 every day, and worked till 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. We’d say, ‘Good night. Good night. Have a good sleep.’ That was it.”
"I very much considered nibbling on your ear but this regression analysis that I commissioned while I was brushing my teeth strongly suggests that I shouldn't. Happy resting!"
The prospect of juicier "pillow talk" doesn't look promising: the Times has more information on Bloomberg Associates, the mayor's plan to lead "an urban SWAT team" of advisors and consultants to use his vast fortune to "solve knotty, long-term challenges" that plague urban environments across the globe.