Fri, Feb 15, 2008 - Page 3 News List

Jason Hu denies abusing resources for Ma campaign

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) yesterday denied abusing municipal resources to campaign for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and his wife in inviting them to attend a Valentine's Day party in Taichung last night.

Chow Mei-ching (周美青), who has rarely made public appearances during her husband's previous election campaigns, began campaigning for Ma last night after she accompanied him to the party at Taichung Athletics Stadium, which was organized by the KMT's Taichung branch.

The couple joined Hu, KMT vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) and their wives to sing songs and mingled with participants during the party.

Chow, a US-trained lawyer, usually avoids publicity and has only campaigned for her husband on the eve of two elections he ran for Taipei mayor.

Earlier yesterday, Hu had dismissed accusations from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taichung city councilors that he had abused municipal resources to stage the party as a campaign event for Ma's presidential run.

"What's wrong with campaigning for candidates in private?" he said after attending an event in Taichung.

"There's nothing wrong with campaigning as long as I don't use municipal resources and don't do it during office hours," he said.

Hu said the event was sponsored by the KMT, rather than the Taichung City Government, and the city government had not contributed any money toward the staging of the party.

At the party, Ma thanked his wife for her ongoing support, and gave his blessing to all those attending the party.

Ma said he and his wife had accepted Hu's invitation to yesterday's party because they were old friends.

He declined to say whether Chow would attend any future campaign events.

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