Lawyer announces bid for DPP nomination in Taipei race
CNATAIPEI--Wellington Koo (顧立雄), a lawyer who represented former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in his state affairs fund abuse case, announced yesterday that he has decided to compete for the nomination of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the Taipei mayoral race.
September 26, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Koo said it was a tough decision only reached after a “tremendous struggle” that involved weighing his family's views and his law firm's business.
“When you are 55, it's worth it to fight a battle. No matter what the result is, there should be no regrets afterwards,” Koo said.
He said he was recruited by DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to run for the post but acknowledged that he will still have to go through party procedures before he can be named as the DPP's formal nominee in the mayoral race, to be held late next year.
Having never run for office before, Koo admitted facing an election would be challenging.
“I'm a new hand, very new, but Chairman Su has encouraged me tremendously,” Koo said.
Koo may face competition for the party's nomination in Taipei, a city generally seen as a pro-Kuomintang stronghold.
Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and National Taiwan University Hospital doctor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) have also hinted at seeking the DPP nomination in the race.
The DPP will set up a team to try to coordinate among the hopefuls to determine who should represent the party in the race.
The Kuomintang (KMT) hopefuls include Sean Lien (連勝文), son of former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰), as well as KMT Legislators Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) and Tsai Cheng yuan (蔡正元).
Incumbent Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) of the KMT will complete his second term in office next year. Taiwan's election laws do not allow elected government chiefs to serve more than two consecutive terms.