The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) is facing yet another challenge as Taipei City Councilor Chen Chien-ming (
Chen must obtain the support of a quarter of the party's 150 national representatives to make his proposal valid. He broached the subject at the party's Central Executive Committee meeting, but received a lukewarm response.
Chen Yung-hsing (
"We consider it necessary, however, to clarify any misunderstanding regarding TSU Legislator Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛)," he said, adding they had suggested Lai take legal action if necessary.
Former TSU Legislator David Huang (黃適卓) had demanded that the party expel Lai and nullify her candidacy for legislator-at-large, alleging that Lai was associated with members of the "red-shirt army."
The "red-shirt army" refers to members of a campaign organized last year to depose President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) amid corruption allegations against him, his wife and his closest aides.
TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (
The party's policy proposals have never deviated from the party line since, he said.
In related news, three TSU legislators yesterday asked the DPP to extend a goodwill gesture by Friday and let opinion polls decide who should represent the pan-green camp in their respective constituencies in the legislative elections in January.
The TSU plans to nominate 17 district legislative candidates to compete for the 79 slots.
Huang Kun-huei said that the party was willing to drop the nomination of Huang Chao-chan (
Huang Kun-huei, however, criticized the DPP for luring TSU members to join its ranks, including TSU Legislator Ho Min-hao (
Meanwhile, DPP Culture and Information Department Director Hsieh Hsin-ni (
The TSU also ran a half-page advertisement in yesterday's Chinese-language United Daily News, urging former TSU Legislator Liao Pen-yen (
Chen Chien-ming said it was inappropriate for the TSU to place such an ad.