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Michael Douglas campaigns for Bloomberg after Republicans open Milwaukee office

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A 2020 candidate for president opened an office in Madison on Saturday, with some major star power.

Academy Award winning actor Michael Douglas spoke in support of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

The new office downtown is Bloomberg's second in Wisconsin. His team opened one in Milwaukee last month.

Kirk Douglas, Michael's father, died earlier this week. Michael said at the appearance that his father supported Bloomberg until the very end.

"I don't know if he was pulling my leg or not, but one of the last words that he said in the hospital, when he came and he saw me, asked me to lean over close to him, and I leaned over close to him and he said, 'Mike can get it done'," he said.

Douglas continued to campaign for Bloomberg Saturday afternoon, speaking at another event in Oconomowoc.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin got volunteers ready Saturday to start door-to-door campaigning across the state. The spring election is April 7.

Republicans in Wisconsin don't have any specific events planned, but a they've been calling people in the area. Republican Party of Dane County Chair Scott Grabins says they're in a different mode than the Democrats, focusing more on the November election.

The Democratic National Convention will be in Milwaukee this year in July. It came under fire this week, after two key officials were suspended for complaints of a toxic work environment.

"The Democratic National Convention is going to be a giant opportunity to showcase our message and also to bring Wisconsin together this summer. Some employees at their workplace brought forward concerns that they had about what was happening in their workplace, and I'm grateful that the board of the host committee acted quickly to bring in new leadership that could reset the culture," said Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

The convention is July 13-16 at Fiserv Forum.

Earlier this week, the Republican Party of Wisconsin opened its first office in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.

That will be the base for the party's minority outreach coordinator and a hub for Republican events and campaign organizing efforts.

Republicans say they're excited to have a base in downtown Milwaukee.

"Now we're here in the community, so we're very serious about this. It is late, we should have been here before, but we're here now," said Andrew Hitt, chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

President Trump won Wisconsin in the 2016 election, but Hillary Clinton got 77 percent of Milwaukee County's votes.

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