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TSU calls in celebrities ahead of Taipei City election

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) is planning to enlist a number of political commentators to run for seats on the Taipei City Council in December, and famous TV and radio talk-show host Clara Chou (周玉蔻) said yesterday that she would be happy to represent the TSU to contend for the office of Taipei mayor.

Chou yesterday expressed great enthusiasm about campaigning for the office of Taipei City mayor under the TSU banner, saying that she is willing to throw her weight behind promoting the TSU's image and development.

TSU Secretary-General Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) said yesterday that the TSU is persuading several well-known commentators who are regular sights on political talk shows into joining the year-end election race.

"The TSU currently has five city councilors on the Kaohsiung City Council, but none on the Taipei City Council. Therefore we decided to invite political commentators to run for seats on the Taipei City Council to speak out on behalf of Taipei residents who identify with the TSU's political beliefs," Lo said.

"Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) expects the TSU to have a breakthrough in the December elections," Lo added.

The TSU has so far contacted political commentators Chen Li-hung (陳立宏), Chien Yu-yen (簡余晏), Huang Kuan-chin (黃光芹) and Yen kuan-teh (顏冠得), who were all senior journalists before becoming TV commentators.

Lo said that TSU members visited Japan last September to learn about the election of Japan's House of Representatives, as well as the election strategy of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who presented a group of younger, reform-minded candidates.

The visit inspired the TSU to nominate candidates who are already well-known.

"I'm still considering whether to take part in the elections," Chien said.

"If our participation will be able to make a difference that we cannot achieve through the mass media, I would be willing to run," Chien added.

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