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Su's allies turn backs on Hsieh's survey proposal

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators affiliated with former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) gave a mixed response yesterday to DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) decision to choose his running mate based on results of a survey.

DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡), a close Su ally, urged Hsieh to respect the former premier, who on Friday said he was not interested in the race.

"I have talked with the [former] premier on the phone. He insisted he would not fight for any position but would do his best to campaign for Hsieh. I think [Hsieh] should respect Su's decision," Wu said when asked for comment in the legislature yesterday.

DPP Legislator Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬), also of Su's camp, called on Hsieh to consider the feelings of Su and former acting Kaohsiung mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) rather than launch a public survey.

Either Su or Yeh would be sure to lose face when the results of the survey were made public, Cheng told reporters.

In a video message posted on his blog on Sunday, Hsieh said he would announce his running mate by Aug 15. He said he would use an opinion poll to guide him, but ultimately the decision would be his own.

DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) said Hsieh's choices were not limited to Su and Yeh.

"As far as I know, [DPP] Chairman Yu [Shyi-kun] has also expressed a desire for the position," he said. "This is going to be a tough choice for Hsieh, as he needs to take everyone's feelings into consideration."

Yu, however, said he had "made it very clear before the party's member vote on May 6 that I am not interested in the vice presidential post."

"I believe Hsieh is wise enough to make a decision regarding his choice of a running mate," Yu said.

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