Sun, Feb 20, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Tsai to take on DPP comrade in county poll

AMBITION In a decision likely to cause party friction, the legislator at large announced he would run against the DPP's Nantou County commissioner in the upcoming election

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang, right, who announced his intention to run for the Nantou County commissionership, avoids eye contact with current DPP Nantou County Commissioner Lin Tsung-nan, left, at a party event yesterday. Tsai will challenge Lin for the position in the upcoming commissioner elections.

PHOTO: LIN MING-HONG, TAIPEI TIMES

In the first of many anticipated power struggles over party nominations for the year-end county commissioner elections, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at large Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) yesterday announced his intention to enter the race for Nantou County Commissioner, despite the fact that DPP-affiliated incumbent commissioner Lin Tseng-nan (林宗男) has previously said he will run for re-election in that county this year.

"Why is it that Nantou County is always the last in all polls? We need to ask all of the residents of Nantou County whether or not there is something wrong with our government," said Tsai yesterday, criticizing Lin's leadership in Nantou County.

"Does the DPP have no ability left? Too many people have told me that they are disillusioned with the DPP administration," he added.

Tsai, whose former constituency was Nantou County, made the remarks at a press conference yesterday while announcing his intention to run for the county's commissioner post.

At the press conference, Tsai signed a statement promising not to abuse any person's character, smear anyone's reputation or engage in personal attacks. In the statement, Tsai also promised that he would not grumble he should lose his party's backing for the commissioner post. If he went back on any of his promises, Tsai said, he would drop out of politics and accept any punishment from his party no matter how severe, even if that included being expelled from the party.

Tsai's rival, Lin, was less than impressed with the former legislative caucus whip's words yesterday.

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