Sean Lien likely to run for Taipei mayor in 2014: source
CNATAIPEI--Former Vice President Lien Chan's (連戰) son, Sean Lien (連勝文), will likely run for Taipei mayor in 2014, one of his friends disclosed yesterday.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Sean Lien, 43, is a member of the Kuomintang's (KMT) Central Standing Committee and former chairman of Taipei EasyCard Corp. He is seen as one of the KMT's favorites to win the election.
Lien is pondering the matter “in a positive manner,” said Lee Te-wei (李德維), a member of the KMT Central Standing Committee.
Lien himself was not available for comment.
If Lien decides to run, he will have to compete against KMT lawmakers Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) Tsai Cheng-yuan (蔡正元) and Taipei City Councilor Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠), who announced her intention to run yesterday, for the party's candidacy.
On Sunday, Tsai made clear his intention to run in the election, which will be held in December 2014. “Because Sean Lien is taking a long time (thinking about whether or not to run), I've decided not to wait any longer,” he declared.
Ting, a veteran lawmaker, announced his bid in July to succeed Mayor Hau Lung-pin (郝龍斌), who will step down after two four-year terms.
The results of a telephone survey conducted by the TVBS Poll Center during July 15-17 show that if Lien represents the KMT in the 2014 Taipei mayoral election, with Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), a former chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as his competitor, Lien would garner the support of 40 percent of potential voters, compared with 42 percent for Tsai.
The same survey showed Ting, as candidate of the KMT, gaining 35 percent support compared with Tsai's 42 percent, while Tsai Cheng-yuan getting only 29 percent compared with 49 percent for Tsai Ing-wen.
A total of 1,089 Taipei residents aged above 20 were polled. The margin of error was minus or plus three percentage points.
Although she has been named as one of the DPP's possible candidates, Tsai is widely believed to have her sights on a bigger prize — the presidency.
Tsai, the DPP candidate who lost to President Ma Ying-jeou in 2012, could face party chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) in the fight to be nominated for the 2016 presidential election.