Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Yin Ling-ying (
As it stands, Yin and the DPP's Liu Chien-kuo (
"If I lose the poll, I will be more than happy to be Liu's campaign chief. If I win, I hope that our DPP friends will support me. If that is the case, I will join the DPP and run as a DPP candidate," Yin said.
Legislators Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙) and Huang Chung-yung (黃宗源), who were expelled from the TSU this week, also attended the press conference.
They said that the pan-green camp must unite or face a tough campaign.
Huang said he interpreted Yin's remarks as meaning that she wanted to run as a DPP candidate.
"To `coordinate' actually means joining the DPP. That is the only way to win," Huang said.
Yin's remarks sparked concern that other TSU legislators could leave the party for the DPP.
The TSU has said that Liao and Huang were expelled because they had stopped attending caucus meetings. It also accused Liao and Huang of being too close to Vice Premier Chiou I-jen (
TSU Legislator David Huang (
"If being too close to DPP members was the reason for expelling them, I think I should be expelled, too," he said.
Meanwhile, TSU legislative caucus whip Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) said he did not think Yin's comments would lead to her expulsion.
"We will end up with no members if we keeping expelling people," Lo said.
Lo said TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (
In response, DPP Culture and Information Department Director Hsieh Hsin-ni (謝欣霓) said that a poll would be a good way for the DPP and TSU to choose a single candidate. Hsieh said, however, that it was too early to say whether TSU candidates should join the DPP.
"We have to take into account how the TSU deals with candidates who lose to DPP members in polls," Hsieh said.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan