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2010 ELECTIONS: PROFILE: Su Tseng-chang: Comeback kid

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

“Losing the primary was a big blow to him, but he spent like 10 minutes to gather himself up and told his aides to accept the result and move on,” Lan said.

The pair lost the presidential election in March 2008, and instead of staying active in politics, Su chose to spend more time with his family, who plays an important role in his life.

As a father of three daughters, Su said he lived in a “female dorm” surrounded by his mother, wife and daughters. He is often seen accompanying his mother and never hesitates to express his love to his wife.

“My wife has always been supportive and has remained the biggest calming force in my bumpy political career over the past 30 years,” Su said in his campaign blog.

His close relationship with his three daughters, who put their work and school on hold to help with his election campaign, also helped establish his image as a family man.

In a recent interview with CtiTV, his eldest daughter, Su Qiao-huei (蘇巧慧), described her father as being meticulous about everything, even when it comes to wiping a table.

“You need to fold the cloth twice to make it about the size of your hand, and then use the cloth to wipe the table from right to left. He thinks it’s more efficient that way,” she said.

DPP Taipei City Councilor Huang Hsiang-chun (黃向群), a close aide to Su Tseng-chang, said his meticulous style brought a lot of stress for his aides, who were often scolded if they failed to do things his way and meet his standards.

“He is harsh on himself and on his staff, too,” he said.

Expressing confidence in his ability to execute policies, Su Tseng-chang said he believed his precise and meticulous character would help in pushing for more efficient municipal developments.

“When I was in the Taipei County Government, one of my work principles was that no municipal projects should be delayed,” Su said, and promised to “make city development proceed more efficiently if elected.”

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