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Legislative Elections: John Wu enjoys support from KMT heavyweights

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

John Wu (吳志揚) is the son of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) and one of 28 candidates running for the 13 seats up for grabs in Taoyuan County this December. A KMT newcomer, the 35-year old has enjoyed the endorsement of such party heavyweights as Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), Legislative Speaker and Vice Chairman Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Vice Chairman Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), and of course, his father in his legislative campaign.

With Wu doing moderately well in district polls, it seems likely that he will be entering the legislature next year. Despite the fact that his political career seems off to a good start, the well-mannered lawyer told the Taipei Times Friday that he originally had no plans to enter politics.

"Many people have said that because I'm from a political family, I was destined to enter politics. The truth however, is that my dad is the only politician in the family. When I told him I wanted to run for the legislature, he was worried for me," Wu said. His famous father, Wu said, told him that politics is a complex business. "My father warned me, if I'm afraid of the heat, not to enter the kitchen. In reply, I told him that the kitchen shouldn't be so hot; I want to change the conditions of the kitchen," Wu said. The statement is reflective of Wu's motivation to run for office.

"The legislature needs more reasonable voices to create legislation," Wu said, pointing out that only about 10 percent of the current legislature can claim a legal background. To groom himself for office, Wu has been spent the past couple years taking up positions in the Taoyuan County government, such as serving as a member of Taoyuan's Child and Youth Social Benefits Committee and pm the administrative appeals commission.

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