Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (
"Lee does not exclusively belong to the TSU. He is every Taiwanese's spiritual leader," Shu said while campaigning for TSU's Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Lo Chih-ming (
Shu made the remarks in response to a report by the Chinese-language China Times yesterday that said Lee had canceled his trip down south to campaign for Lo because he was disappointed with the TSU for not supporting the third recall motion.
Lee did not attend the event, nor did his daughter Annie Lee (
According to the report, Lee was also dissatisfied with recent comments made by Democratic Progressive Party members and pro-independence political critics during call-in programs on TV, calling them "an attempt to discredit him."
Lee would personally hold a press conference and detail how he used the "state affairs fund" during his presidential term to rebut those comments, the report said.
Shu downplayed the report and said he believed Lee would make his own judgment about those comments.
He added that Lee did not attend the campaign in Kaohsiung because his doctor would not allow him to do so due to his recent cataract surgery.
"Everybody has been trying to interpret the relationship between President Chen Shui-bian (
TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (
He said Lee wanted TSU not to make a hasty decision on issues that might have a major impact on society.