Some politicians are made, others are born. Looking at the recent actions of first-time legislative hopeful and son of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator-at-large Kao Yu-jen (
From Kao's involvement in a debate in the legislature over an intellectual property rights law last Tuesday; his co-hosting of an anti-arms budget rally with the Democratic Action Alliance last month, to his trip to the local Tainan KMT headquarters earlier this month to call for a cross-party vote allocation strategy, the actions of the Shih Hsin University professor have put him in the spotlight.
Besides his tendency to act out on his beliefs, Kao's political ambitions are also worthy of note because of his party leanings. Despite the fact that his father is an old guard KMT politician, his wife Jessica Chou (
"My general political standing is pro-blue, but I feel that the blue camp needs change," Kao told the Taipei Times on Saturday.
"We need a completely new pan-blue camp with a new vision. I decided to join the PFP because I feel that the party is in a better position to revolutionize the pan-blue alliance," he said, adding that he dislikes some of the KMT's administrative practices.
Kao said that since the pan-blue camp is set to merge soon anyway, the important thing is for the parties to work together to win a maximum number of seats in the Dec. 11 legislative elections.