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Former VP rails against Ko's running under DPP

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday, in response to questions regarding the possibility of Taipei mayoral aspirant Dr. Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) joining her party, that those who “talk the talk but don't walk the walk” can feel free to run for the Taipei mayoralty on an independent ticket, instead of trying to “rub shoulders with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).”

Ko, although affiliated with the pan-green camp, is not a formal member of the DPP.

The former vice president, who also expressed a wish to run for Taipei mayor, said that her party's chairman, Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), promised her that he would remain neutral during the primaries.

The capital city needs a mayor who can steer it toward a better future, said Lu, who added in a reference to Ko that those with empty words can feel free to mount an independent bid.

Lu said that she will respect the freedom of DPP members to support whomever they like, and that she will not try to interfere with the opposition's various factions.

Process of Joining DPP Not Complicated: Ku

Wellington Ku, a lawyer and DPP Taipei mayoral aspirant, yesterday staged an event to promote his campaign, but the media's focus was quickly diverted to the issue of Ko's potential candidacy.

Several Taipei councilors of the DPP, including Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜), Ho Chih-wei (何志偉) and Lee Chien-chang (李建昌), turned up at the event to show their support for Ku.

When asked about Ko, the lawyer said that those who want to join the DPP can fill out an application form, and once they become a member, they can become a part of the program; however, if they don't join the party, they can't enjoy party rights.

When asked if he would like to see Ko join the DPP, Ku said that the physician has yet to formally announce his mayoral bid, and that Ko apparently said that if he were to join the party, the DPP's bid for mayoral office would be adversely affected.

Ku said that he is not privy to Ko's actual thoughts on the matter, and that it is up to the physician himself as to whether or not he ends up joining the party.

Ku added that when he joined the DPP in 1996, all he had to do was secure a reference, and that the process was not complicated at all.

Kao said that Ko should make his intentions clear, while Lee said, “We cannot possibly accept the DPP recruiting a non-partisan individual as a Taipei mayoral candidate, (especially given that) the individual (in question) has stumped for another party's candidate within our electoral district.”

Ho, on the other hand, urged Ko to find a way to communicate with the DPP, and focus on a vision for the capital.

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Lawyer and Taipei mayoral aspirant Wellington Ku shows off a super-sized logo of his campaign slogan, “Good Taipei+” in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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