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Sean Lien to announce mayoral moves in February

Kuomintang (KMT) Central Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文) said yesterday that he will release a statement on whether or not he intends to run for Taipei mayor in February.

Lien, son of former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰), invited the press to have lunch with him as usual, and said that the lunch had nothing to do with the Taipei mayoral election this year.

When asked about his thoughts on Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), another potential candidate for the Taipei mayoral election, Lien said that he didn't have any opinions on Ko as long as he sincerely wanted to serve the city.

Lien said that even though Ko led him slightly in the approval ratings in the latest public surveys, he believes that it is a good thing for him.

"Just like a basketball game, players can only perform in full force when they encounter difficulties," said Lien.

According to Lien, one of the most important factors that will affect his decision on whether or not to run for Taipei mayor is the safety of his family.

"It is a really serious issue for me," said Lien. "When I was shot in the head, it was apparent that my fears were not delusions."

"I have to face the fact that my family and I were threatened in the past few years, and put this issue in the priority of things that I have to consider before making any major decision," said Lien.

When asked if his wife still objects to his running for mayor, Lien said that before he can take care of any manners regarding himself, like safety issues, his family will always worry about him and themselves.

Regarding the rumor about some KMT members hoping that Lien will move out of the luxury Palace Mansion complex in response to the recent Taiwan Depositary Receipts scandal, Lien said that this is not the first time in his life that he has faced fierce attacks on his reputation.

"If I turn into an angry person due to those attacks, I would become one of the people who attack me and do what they do the best, which is to hide in the dark and always think about fighting for power," said Lien.

"I just treat those attacks as the tests handed to me by God," said Lien.

Lien was shot in the face at close range while stumping for a KMT candidate in New Taipei City.

So far, KMT Legislators Tsai Cheng-yuan (蔡正元) and Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) as well as Taipei Councilors Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平), Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠) and Yang Shih-chiu (楊實秋) have all expressed an interest in running for mayor. Despite not having made an announcement yet, Lien has frequently cropped up on top of polls regarding public support for possible KMT candidates.

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