Speculation rife of mayorship bid for Hung family attorney
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Aside from loud calls for National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) doctor Ko Wen-che (柯文哲) to run for Taipei Mayor as a pan-green candidate, there has also been a wave of support for Ku Li-hsiung (顧立雄), attorney of late Corporal Hung Chung-chiu's (洪仲丘) family, to throw his hat into the ring.
August 27, 2013, 12:43 am TWN
Ku, whose friends have reportedly suggested he run, said in an interview that he has no intention to do so. According to unnamed sources, however, the lawyer has not opposed suggestions he run for Keelung mayor instead, as he is a native of the port city.
He is reportedly close with the pan-green parties, especially the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and rose to fame from his role as the lawyer for Hung's family after the corporal died, allegedly due to extreme punishment.
The DPP had not yet chosen its candidate to run for Taipei mayor, possibly due to the fact that winning as many cities as possible in the seven-in-one elections next year is a crucial step in taking the Presidential Office once more, said unnamed party members. The main opposition party seems confident of winning the mayoral races in Kaohsiung and Tainan — both deep-green cities — but is not so confident regarding Taoyuan, Taichung and the two Taipeis.
“Most party members feel that with the people rumored to be potential DPP candidates, it would be difficult to overturn the Kuomintang's rule in Taiwan's pan-blue cities,” said the party member.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) last week expressed concern over the lack of voluntary candidates stepping up to run for Taipei mayor, while party members allegedly urged him to run for the position himself.
Lu a Possible Candidate?
When former Vice President Annette Lu attended a DPP seminar last week, she said the question of whether she would run for Taipei mayor would be the party's decision, not her own. Her comments led several local media outlets to hint at Lu's possible desire to actually run in the elections.
After reports of Lu's remarks were released, local market trend forecasting website X Future said that once it added Lu to the poll of potential DPP candidates, Ko's support increased.
Despite the increasing support for Ko, several DPP members and intraparty cliques have expressed concern over his possible candidacy, saying that Ko may be “difficult to manage” and that he “lacks leadership qualities.”
Ko's supporters rejected the criticism and called on the DPP to take the “Ko Phenomenon” — a term coined to describe Ko's popularity — seriously.
Ko has allegedly begun to hunt for office space to rent in preparation for the election campaign.