Whether or not President Chen Shui-bian's (
A group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers ironically mocked the president, saying that he would soon be a "grandfather of an American" if the seven-months pregnant Huang Jui-ching (
"We strongly suggest that the president use the presidential jet `Air Force One' to bring Huang back to Taiwan," KMT Legislator Tsai Chin-lung (
The wrangling over dual nationality of members of politicians' families started back in 2000 when Chen attacked People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (
Chen had said that Taiwanese did not want "a father of an American" to be a president.
PFP Spokesman Lee Hung-chun (
"It's actually not a big deal that Chen might become a grandfather of an American. The problem is that the president always likes to accuse his rivals of not loving the country on account of the issue of dual nationality," Lee said.
When asked to comment on Lesley Ma (
"Ma never launched an attack on [his rivals] on this issue. We respected them," Tsai said when asked whether Lesley Ma should give up her US citizenship.
DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher (
Meanwhile, Chen Shui-bian's son and daughter yesterday filed a lawsuit against KMT Legislator Chiu Yi (
The president's son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), and daughter Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤) issued a statement via their lawyers saying that they filed the lawsuit against Chiu yesterday afternoon.
The president's children could also take legal action against media outlets that ran "groundless reports" about them.
Chiu said on Nov. 10 that Chen Chih-chung and Chen Hsing-yu had secret accounts with the Bank of America and owned property in the US. Confusion about the Romanization of their names, however, cast doubt on the validity of his claim.
Late last night, Chiu said he would file a countersuit against the couple.