Thu, Dec 14, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Ma denies press report on separate campaign office

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday denied a magazine report which said that he is forming a campaign office independent from the party for the 2008 presidential election.

The story, which appeared in the latest Next Magazine, said Ma plans to form a presidential election office, which would be independent from the KMT election mechanism, in case Ma is indicted in his mayoral special allowance fund scandal and forced to resign his post as KMT chairman.

In response to the allegations, Ma yesterday simply said "no such thing [was being planned]," and declined to offer further comment.

Ma's top aides, including Taipei Deputy Mayor King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), former director of Taipei City Department of Civil Affairs Samuel Wu (吳秀光) and former mayoral office director Liao Li (廖鯉), would join the office, the story said.

Dismissing the allegations, King yesterday said he will go on a long vacation after resigning with Ma's administration on Dec 19.

"How can it be possible? [The allegation] is absurd," King said when approached by reporters at the city hall.

KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), one of Ma's top aides, said even if Ma formed a campaign office, it would work closely with the KMT.

"The office would only enhance, accumulate or strengthen the KMT's election mechanism ? Not a single election candidate would be stupid enough to form an organization to compete against the party's organization. It would be completely unnecessary," he said.

Wu said Ma had formed a campaign office for his two mayoral elections, but the office cooperated with KMT's Taipei branch.

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