The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is planning a quiet personnel reshuffle ahead of the legislative and presidential elections next year, sources said.
DPP officials refused to confirm or deny speculation that former premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) staffers would be among those most affected by the reorganization.
The move, set to take place within the next two weeks, was ostensibly triggered by Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) narrow win over Su in the party primaries last month.
The changes are mainly aimed at reconsolidating the DPP and the Tsai and Su camps, which kept a safe distance to ensure neutrality during the primary.
Sources said several Su staffers will be offered posts in Tsai’s campaign, the DPP or the party think tank, the New Frontier Foundation.
Key figures in charge of advertising and media relations are also expected to be shuffled from the party to Tsai’s campaign office when it re-launches later this month, including party officials who were unwilling to choose sides between Tsai and Su during the primaries.
Party sources confirmed that Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), a former Presidential Office deputy -secretary-general and Tsai supporter, would be appointed to lead the DPP’s Policy Research and Coordinating Committee.
More changes are expected to be announced throughout the week after Tsai, who took an extended leave-of-absence during the primaries, returns to her post as chairperson today.
Meanwhile, Tsai’s campaign downplayed speculation that she was looking for a running mate with economic experience for the upcoming elections.
Several Chinese-language media reports quoted party insiders close to her campaign as saying that Tsai was looking for an older “waishengren” vice presidential candidate.
Preferably the candidate would also come from a business background to make up for Tsai’s perceived shortcomings and capture a wider vote, the reports alleged.
Tsai campaign spokesperson Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) said the speculation did not “reflect Tsai’s ideas” on an ideal running mate.