In response to lawyer Wellington Koo’s (顧立雄) announced intention to join the Taipei mayoral race, Former Taipei EasyCard Corp chairman Sean Lien (連勝文) yesterday declined to confirm whether he would run as a candidate.
Lien’s special assistant William Hsu (徐弘庭) said that Lien is not in the country at the moment, and that he has not yet decided whether he should run in the mayoral election.
Lien, son of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰), is seen as the most competitive candidate in the Taipei mayoral race in the pan-blue camp.
He has been unable to make up his mind due to health reasons and a shooting incident in 2010, in which he was shot in the cheek during election campaign activities in New Taipei City (新北市).
Sean Lien has said that his family opposed his involvement in politics following the incident, and acknowledged that his personal safety is the main concern regarding his mayoral bid.
So far, there are four politicians who have declared their intention to join the race in the KMT, including legislators Alex Tsai (蔡正元) and Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), Taipei City councilors Yang Shi-chiu (楊實秋) and Chin Hui-chu (秦慧珠).
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday that the KMT adopts a primary mechanism to determine its candidates in major elections.
When asked whether he would support Sean Lien as his successor, Hau said he would support the KMT’s final candidate in the Taipei mayoral election.