Taichung mayor shoots down cold feet rumors
By Katherine Wei ,The China Post
June 9, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Incumbent Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) yesterday refuted rumors claiming that he would be putting up a new candidate in his place for the upcoming mayoral elections.
Hu will be running for his third mayoral term, having been in office since 2001.
"The rumors are circulating only because I came out almost head to head with my opponent; I hope my supporters will not believe the rumors," said Hu with confidence.
The Liberty Times reported recently that the Kuomintang (KMT) has chosen Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) — another aspirant with reportedly higher approval ratings — to replace Hu in the upcoming elections, a report that Hu laughed off. "This is news that came from outer space. Do you really feel this is the case?" the mayor asked local media. "I don't think this would ever happen on Earth, please don't fall for this easily."
"I have over 10 election-related events on my agenda each day, it's like a triathlon. The truth is I am in good health, and that I have not wavered in my determination," Hu continued.
The mayor visited Luxemburg last month to publicize Taichung at an International Real Estate Federation event and later headed to mainland China to promote the economic and trade relations between Taiwan and China. "I will be working as hard as I can; I assure you I am perfectly healthy," said Hu.
The KMT (Hu's party) and its Taichung chapter have both issued statements to clarify the false claims. KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) stated that the rumors may be a ploy for people to bring down the KMT as competition for the elections is getting fierce.
The rumors have also attacked Taoyuan County Magistrate Wu Chih-yang (吳志揚), claiming that the KMT has decided on another candidate and would be pulling Wu out of his re-election bid after his deputy magistrate was allegedly caught accepting bribes from the Farglory Group.
Wu was reportedly furious over the speculation, saying yesterday that the rumors were only an attempt to sabotage him before the elections and that it was a "foul move."
Chen backed up the statement, noting that the KMT is determined to extend its full support to the candidates it has nominated; the party is confident that it will prevail.