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Pan-greens get going ahead of 7-in-1 elections

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- With only four months left until the seven-in-one elections, pan-green camps are seen gearing up for the big race, with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the lead.

According to local media outlets, Tsai has consented to join — and perhaps head — the campaign team of New Taipei Mayor hopeful Yu Hsyi-kun, a decision labeled as extreme by the media, many of whom hint that Tsai may be "out to wipe out Eric Chu (朱立倫)."

Tsai rebuffed the accusations, saying that the claim was too dramatic.

"The DPP's responsibility for the 2014 elections is to map out a placement strategy; different cities and counties have different needs, the DPP headquarters will try to assist the local campaigning chapters in achieving the best results possible," said Tsai.

Yu had been Tsai's main campaigning manager when she ran for president in 2012, so she would be returning the favor in the upcoming elections, Tsai pointed out. "I hope that Yu can lead the New Taipei elections and come out with excellent results, for he is very experienced."

KMT a Stubborn Opponent: Tsai

The DPP Chairwoman also declared the KMT a stubborn opponent in the year-end elections, calling for all DPP candidates to take each step with care.

Tsai made the remark in an event held in Chiayi County, also stating the history of the party's relationship with the county. "Chiayi has been the KMT's for many years, yet the DPP was able to win the magistrate elections some 10 years ago ... this was not an easy achievement. The year 2009 was a hard year for the DPP, as no one trusted the party ... yet we have held onto the position and won beautifully," said Tsai.

The DPP is still grateful to the local residents who have voted green in the past elections, and it will do its best to give back to the people in Chiayi as well as other counties, Tsai stressed.

Pan-green Ko Meets Su for Advice on Tactics

Pan-green camp candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was reported to have met with former DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) for the third time last week, as Ko approached Su for suggestions and advice in running for Taipei Mayor, a position Su had run for in 2010.

Having rejected Tsai's invitation to be the DPP's national campaign chief, Su stated that he "did not need the title, but was happy to help with the campaigning."

Su has suggested that Ko "alter the style of his team," and Ko was heard expressing a wish to meet Su in the future, indicating that the meeting went well.

Previous meetings were concerned about the "pan-green integration" procedure, of which Ko's joining the DPP was a key factor. In the end, Ko ultimately decided that he would be running for Taipei Mayor as an individual candidate and would be representing all pan-green camps after he won out in the pan-green public surveys.

Ko sought advice from Su on how he should form a campaign team, with the physician admitting that his current team of campaign members was "too large and he did not know how he should handle it." Other issues discussed included the future plans for the Zhongshan Soccer Stadium and the scope of power the Taipei City government possessed in hiking housing taxes.

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