Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday left for a two-week trip to the US, but not before urging Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to seek the party’s nomination for the Taipei mayoral election later this year.
The press release issued by Lu’s office was unusual because she has been one of the four hopefuls vying for the DPP’s nomination and her comment hints that she might withdraw from the party’s primary. The other three are Taipei City Council Deputy Speaker Chou Po-ya (周柏雅), former Tainan mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) and lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄).
The frontrunner in the November election still appears to be physician Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), chairman of National Taiwan University Hospital’s traumatology department, who is an independent.
“If Su entered the race, Lu would stand by her promise and support Su’s campaign,” the press release said.