Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said he may meet with National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) as early as next week to discuss Ko’s strained relationship with the party.
Ko, an independent who has been leading all pan-green camp aspirants in the DPP primary for Taipei mayor in public approval ratings, has been mulling whether to join the party.
Several DPP aspirants, in particular former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), have vehemently opposed Ko’s inclusion in the party primary as a non-DPP member, saying that the move would counter party consolidation.
Although Ko’s supporters say that he can run as an independent if the party does not nominate a candidate for the Taipei race, slated to be held on Dec. 6 next year, Su appeared to have eliminated that scenario yesterday.
“The DPP has fielded a candidate in every Taipei mayoral election, as every political party should do,” he said.
The chairman’s comment implied that the DPP would definitely nominate a candidate for the mayoral contest, so if Ko does not join the party, there will be two pan-green camp candidates in the race.
On Monday, lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄), who is trying to win the four-way race to secure the party’s nod, unveiled his campaign theme: “Good Taipei+,” at a press conference attended by eight of the DPP’s 22 Taipei City councilors to show their support.