Spec­u­la­tion over bid by Su for New Taipei mayor

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

For­mer Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­man Su Tsen­gchang ( ) re­cently re­lo­cated his of­fi­cial res­i­dency from Taipei City to New Taipei City, prompt­ing wide­spread spec­u­la­tion that Su is pre­par­ing to seek can­di­dacy for New Taipei City’s may­oral elec­tion should in­cum­bent New Taipei City Mayor and Kuom­intang (KMT) Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) de­cide to re­sign from his cur­rent post and run for the pres­i­dency in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the United Evening News, sev­eral sources have pre­dicted that should Chu de­cide to run dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the mayor would have to choose be­tween run­ning as an in­cum­bent city mayor or re­lin­quish his cur­rent post. Should Chu opt for the lat­ter, the po­si­tion of New Taipei mayor would be open for chal­lengers.

As such, Su, who has had a very pos­i­tive record as for­mer Taipei County Mag­is­trate, would prove to be a strong con­tender for the DPP against po­ten­tial KMT can­di­dates should he seek the po­si­tion of New Taipei mayor.

The United Evening News stated that Su’s staff con­firmed the for­mer mag­is­trate had in­deed re­lo­cated to New Taipei City be­fore Chi­nese New Year. How­ever, the staff also re­port­edly said that Su’s move was not an act of elec­tion prepa­ra­tion, but sim­ply so that he would be able to vote for his daugh­ter, Su Chiao-hui (

), who is run­ning for the leg­isla­tive seat rep­re­sent­ing New Taipei City’s Shulin and Yingge Dis­tricts.

The for­mer DPP chair­man’s staff fur­ther went on to im­plore peo­ple from mak­ing ir­rel­e­vant the­o­ries as they would be­come un­nec­es­sary bur­dens to Su and the DPP.

How­ever, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts have still con­cluded that Su’s re­lo­ca­tion will nonethe­less cre­ate pres­sure for the mayor. Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts elab­o­rated that if Chu chooses to re­tain his may­oral po­si­tion and not run, he might risk be­ing branded as lack­ing con­fi­dence. An­a­lysts also said that if the mayor chooses to run for pres­i­dency, he would have to make sure that the KMT would re­tain con­trol over New Taipei City.

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