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Chu up for re-election amid criticism from DPP

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday officially completed his application as the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for New Taipei City Mayor amid criticism from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

During an interview with press yesterday, Chu stated that not only has the constant smearing from the political environment and false reporting from local media damaged his reputation, his family's lives have also been under constant harassment as a result.

Regarding media questions on the recent 5 percent decrease in his approval rating and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) open support for mayoral opponent Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), Chu stressed that his main concern above anything else as incumbent mayor, is to ensure the well being of the entire city, and that his re-election should be his personal battle, fueled by the positive support from New Taipei citizens. Chu also stated that he will seek as little time as possible to take leave from his mayoral post for his campaign, which will most likely be during the two weeks before the election.

The KMT's New Taipei City Chapter Director Chang Yi-hua (張逸華) also stated that recent reports from local media claiming that Chu will not establish a campaign headquarters have been false, and that the mayor is currently seeking a suitable location as a base for his re-election campaign.

Chu Responds to Criticisms

In response to mayoral opponent Yu's criticism, which claimed that the mayoral elections for Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan between the KMT and DPP will be "a battle between the privileged and the grassroots," Chu stated that he himself came from a humble upbringing. The incumbent mayor also went on to say that he has worked very hard for his accomplishments, and that if being the son-in-law of a certain individual entitles one to be labeled "privileged," then the people of Taiwan should be really careful when choosing who to date.

Chu also went on to elaborate that when his father-in-law was still active in the political scene, he was still a student and had no affiliations with his father-in-law. Chu concluded his statement saying that seeing as how Tsai had criticized political smearing yesterday, he hopes that the opposition party will reflect on how much smearing and false criticism they have thrown toward him.

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