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DPP heavyweights join campaign team

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By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter

As part of her campaign roster, Tsai also named DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) as an executive director and head of DPP campaign efforts in central Taiwan, where he made an impressive showing in last November’s special municipality elections.

The decision puts in doubt speculation that Su Jia-chyuan was being considered as Tsai’s vice-presidential running mate, as he already has two important roles to fill. Questioned on the matter, Wu Nai-jen said he did not see any conflict, but refused to elaborate.

Wu Nai-jen, meanwhile, confirmed that former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄), who is highly respected in the party, would not take a position at the campaign office, although he would still “help out in other ways.”

FUNDRAISING

The announcement of the campaign roster also marked the start of the DPP’s fundraising efforts. Individual fundraising quotas for party officials were confirmed by a party committee, which went as high as NT$5 million (US$173,000) for Yu, the fundraising chairman.

Under the quota system, DPP legislators and special municipality councilors are required to raise NT$250,000 each, while special municipality mayors need to collect NT$1.5 million. Local mayors and county commissioners need to raise NT$1 million each.

A requirement that Tsai, as DPP chairperson, raise NT$10 million was waived because of her status as the presidential candidate, DPP spokesperson Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) said.

At a separate setting yesterday, KMT spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) said Tsai’s campaign lineup reflected the return of an older generation of DPP heavyweights, adding that Tsai had backed down on a promise to cultivate a younger generation of leadership in her presidential campaign.

“By appointing politicians from former president Chen Shui-bian’s era as her campaign leaders, it’s obvious that the DPP’s old power structure and ways of thinking have returned,” Su Jun-pin said.

RUNNING MATE

Tsai has not announced her vice presidential running mate, but previously said that DPP members in their 40s, a generation that comprises many one-time student leaders who gained experience in the previous DPP administration, would play a bigger role to attract the support of first-time voters.

The KMT’s Central Standing Committee, meanwhile, yesterday approved the nomination of Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) as the party’s vice presidential candidate. The KMT will formally approve the nomination of Ma and Wu on Saturday at the party’s national congress in Greater Taichung.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY MO YAN-CHIH

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