KMT presidential candidate Hung establishes HQ
Kuomintang ( KMT) presidential hopeful and incumbent Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) yesterday established her headquarters in the KMT’s main office and officially introduced her campaign spokespeople to the general public.
Local press were invited to Hung’s new base of operations yesterday, which is located in the new KMT office department created specifically to handle all presidential and legislative elections.
Former Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council Philip Yang ( ) and Taipei City Information Department, the predecessor of Taipei’s Department of Information and Tourism, former head Jack Yu ( ) were introduced as Hung’s two spokesmen.
Both were reportedly handpicked by the deputy speaker, with Yu also leading as the convener for Hung’s election strategic team and Yang also serving as Hung’s international affairs team convener and international spokesperson.
Aside from holding previous positions in government sectors, Yu and Yang were also members of Sean Lien’s ( ) Taipei mayoral election campaign team.
While speaking with local media, Yu said he had communicated with Hung on Sunday to establish a direction for her presidential campaign. Both agreed upon a non-traditional approach Yu said, with Hung stating that her campaign would center on the idea of “truthfulness” to show potential constituents a politician that is unlike conventional Taiwanese lawmakers.
Yu also said that the upcoming election would be a hard battle for the presidential hopeful due to a lack of resources.
Yang, who will be responsible for shaping Hung’s international image, said he has been acquainted with her since his days as the head of the now-disbanded Execu- tive Yuan Government Information Office (GIO), which was why he accepted Hung’s offer quickly.
The spokesman also addressed Hung’s current international image, stating that the deputy speaker has been constantly misquoted on cross-strait issues by the media.
Party Chair Defends Hung’s Lack of Cooperation on US Visit Plans
In related news, while responding to presidential candidate and Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen’s (
) trip to the United States, which provided the DPP leader with positive publicity and momentum for her campaign, KMT Chairman Eric Chu ( ) previously said that the party would arrange for Hung to go to the U.S. as well, so as to garner support from expats living there.
However, Hung responded differently, saying that such decisions would be made by her.
During a press interview yesterday, Chu was asked by local media about the difference between the party and Hung on the matter.
Chu said the most important function of the party is to support its candidate, as well as conduct proper communications and negotiations between party and candidate.
As for Hung’s visit, Chu said more meetings would happen to discuss the matter, with more updates to come in the future.
The chairman went on to support Hung, saying that differences of opinion are inevitable in the process of a campaign, but the most important goal is to attract backing from the general public.
A golden dragon-turtle statue is displayed in the new headquarters of Kuomintang (KMT) presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) campaign yesterday. Local press were invited to Hung’s new base of operations and the ornament caught the attention of the media as a result of its Feng Shui significance. However, Hung’s campaign staff claimed that the statue was left behind by the office’s previous tenant.