Sat, Dec 04, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taipei pan-greens slam controversial campaign ad

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) campaign officials and legislative candidates strongly denounced an ad that appeared in two newspapers yesterday as "hate mail," saying it was an attempt to sow division in the pan-green camp and damage electoral prospects for DPP candidates in Taipei's south constituency.

A group calling itself the "Taiwanese people's alliance to monitor the green camp" published a half-page ad in two Chinese papers that urged pan-green supporters to carefully choose the candidates nominated by the DPP and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) in the south constituency of Taipei City. The ad included harsh criticisms of the candidates.

The ad evaluated the six candidates from the pan-green camp, including the DPP's Kuo Cheng-liang (郭正亮), Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), Lan Mei-chin (藍美津) and Wang Shih-chien (王世堅), and the TSU's David Huang (黃適卓).

DPP candidate Shen Fu-hsiung (沈富雄) was not included, since the advertiser excluded Shen from the pan-green camp altogether, saying "Shen has targeted pan-blue camp voters."

The ad listed some good points for each candidate, but focused more on their shortcomings. The ad claimed that there are not enough seats in the constituency so voters should cast their votes carefully to ensure the pan-green camp wins a legislative majority.

The five DPP candidates held a joint news conference to denounce the advertiser. Huang and the TSU were the target of their criticism, with the group suggesting that it was Huang who ran the ad in order to grab their ballots.

"It is a shameful behavior to print such an ad," Wang said. "Wise voters should spurn such `hate mail' that aims to throw the campaign into disarray."

DPP Deputy Secretary-General Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) called the ad "hate mail."

DPP Information and Culture Department Director Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), however, said that the DPP did not think Huang or the TSU would do such a thing.

"We think the ad was published by people who considered themselves staunch pro-independence advocates," Cheng said. "We should condemn such behavior."

Huang held a news conference yesterday afternoon to deny he had anything to do with the ad. He said it was impossible for him to run such an ad, and that spreading "hate mail" was an action that he found repulsive.

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