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Tsai and Su fight recruitment battle: staffers

By Enru Lin--As Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang and former Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen fill the last of their staff lineup, reports have leaked that they are fighting a recruitment battle over key personnel.

Last week, just-elected DPP Chairman Su announced a select lineup of major positions for the central party headquarters. The next day, Tsai released news that she is preparing to establish a foundation for public services.

The foundation has been registered under the provisional title of the "Little Ing Foundation" (小英基金會) and will launch immediately after approval, said an aide at Tsai's personal office yesterday.

Tsai and Su are recruiting within the same think tanks and personnel pool, leading some to claim there is an undercurrent of competition between them. Su and Tsai are regarded as the two front-runners for the DPP's presidential nominee in 2016.

Speaking on condition on anonymity, a party staffer said that he and select aides have already committed to posts at the "Little Ing Foundation," but that they have received recruitment telephone calls from Su himself.

Tsai's Roster

Tsai's lineup so far includes her former running mate Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), as well as former managing director of Johnson & Johnson Angela Chang (張振亞). Chang on the executive board gives the foundation a foot into the door of Taiwan's business community.

Tsai has also successfully recruited Chen Po-chih (陳博志), head of Taiwan Thinktank (台灣智庫). Taiwan Thinktank and the Taiwan Brain Trust (新台灣國策智庫) are the two core research institutes of the pan-green coalition in Taiwan.

Days before, Su Tseng-chang announced that he has successfully tapped Taiwan Brain Trust head Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠) for director of the Department of International Affairs.


The "Little Ing Foundation" is underwritten with funds and government subsidies collected from Tsai's presidential bid, according to her personal office.

Tsai reaped 6.09 million votes on Election Day. At NT$30 per vote, that's a total of NT$180,000,000 in government subsidies.

According to DPP party regulations, a third of the funds must be turned over to the headquarters, but the rest may be used freely by the candidate.

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