DPP chair encourages Hu to run for top KMT spot
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) reiterated yesterday that he does not plan to run for Kuomintang (KMT) chairman, after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) praised him for being a competent man with good public relations skills.
January 25, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The DPP yesterday held an event to celebrate the opening of its new Taichung Council office, which was attended by both the mayor and the party's chairman.
During his speech, Hu said that aside from the similarity between his hairstyle and Su's, his friendship with the chairman is less widely known.
Hu explained that while Su served as premier, he had asked several favors of Su, and that the then-premier had seldom refused to help.
The mayor took the occasion to express his gratitude.
Hu and Su were seated next to each other during the event, and were seen talking to one another extensively.
In response to reporters who asked if he had encouraged Hu to run for KMT chairman, Su said that the mayor is a competent man who possesses good public relation skills.
The opposition leader added that if the mayor were to become chairman, Hu “would mostly likely face his challenges boldly; (furthermore,) dialogue between the two of us would also be more natural.”
Hu, however, stressed that he will not be running for chairman, and that he supports Ma's re-election bid whole-heartedly.