Fri, Oct 29, 2010 - Page 3 News List

Tsai ready to take responsibility if DPP fares badly

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that she would take responsibility if the party’s candidates did badly in next month’s special municipality elections.

“I will take any responsibility that I need to take, but our target is to elect more posts” on Nov. 27, said Tsai, the DPP’s mayoral candidate for Sinbei City, the new name of Taipei County after it is upgraded in December.

Her remarks come one day after DPP Secretary-General Wu Nai-jen (吳乃仁) said that past DPP chairpersons routinely stepped down following election losses.

“This is the DPP tradition,” he said after being questioned about a worst-case scenario.

Currently, the DPP holds two of the five mayoralties up for grabs — the greater Tainan and Kaohsiung areas. It is hoping to make inroads in either Taipei City or Taipei County, where both candidates have a chance of defeating their Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) counterparts, according to some polls.

The DPP’s chief election strategist, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), said in Taichung County yesterday that the DPP would likely win “three-and-a-half seats” if the election were held tomorrow.

Busy shoring up support for DPP mayoral candidate for what will become Greater Taichung, Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) — who until recently was still trailing Tai-chung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) by double digits in the polls — Hsieh explained that the “half a seat” he mentioned referred to Sinbei, where Tsai is facing a tough challenge from KMT candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫).

DPP candidates for Taipei City, Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung were as good as elected, Hsieh said.

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