Su to talk to prospective mayoral candidates
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced that he would discuss election-related issues with prospective pan-green candidates Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and Wellington Koo (顧立雄).
September 26, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Koo, a lawyer well-known for defending former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and the case of late corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), confirmed rumors circulating a month ago that he wishes to run for Taipei mayor as a DPP candidate.
Su had been in contact with Koo after Hung's death in military detention sparked protests, and the subject of running in the elections had been brought up when Su was discussing the human rights of Taiwan's military personnel, said an unnamed DPP member. Su confirmed the remark, saying that he had indeed welcomed Koo to run as a DPP candidate, but that it was too early for intraparty nominations to confirm the ultimate candidate.
“We hope to nominate the best possible candidates for each area, but we have to know who is up for the elections first,” said Su. The party will be forming negotiation groups in areas with more than one voluntary candidate, placing teams of consultants in areas short of volunteers to scout out potential nominees, Su added.
Aside from Koo and Ko, former Vice President Annette Lu is allegedly one of the DPP's potential candidates. Despite securing the steady support of Chen's sympathizers, Lu has yet to confirm whether she would run or not.
Koo expressed his desire to participate in politics several years back, being nominated to be one of the DPP's legislators-at-large when Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was party chairwoman, though Koo did not land the position in the end.