Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday described the loss of the candidate he backed in the Taipei legislative by-election on Sunday as “part of life,” but added that soliciting grassroots support is difficult without party affiliation.
His favored candidate, Chen Su-yu (陳思宇), finished a distant third in the poll, which saw five candidates vie for the legislative seat left vacant by Pasuya Yao (姚文智) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who resigned during his unsuccessful bid for Taipei mayor last year.
DPP legislative candidate Ho Chih-wei (何志偉) won the seat.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times
The race was described as a test of Ko’s potential in next year’s elections.
Asked about the election results, Ko said: “Whether it was a success or a failure, it was nothing but part of life.”
What is different is “you have to write more evaluations after a defeat than a success,” Ko said, adding that the results were “pretty much as predicted by opinion polls.”
Some have said that a lack of organized support could be Ko’s Achilles heel if he decides to run for president and Ko said that without party backing, it would be very difficult to solicit votes.
Niu Tse-hsun (鈕則勳), head of Chinese Culture University’s advertising department, said the by-election results showed that Ko’s camp had trouble converting “online air votes” into “real votes.”
This should make Ko seriously reconsider whether he should set up his own political party, Niu said.
Asked if he wants to form a party, Ko said: “I do not know,” adding that in people’s minds, there is a constant process of thinking and revising.
MONITORED BY JETS: Chinese aircraft included Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft, suggesting that China refueled its short-range jets during flight The air force scrambled again yesterday to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the Ministry of National Defense said, the latest increase in tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the nation, often in the southwestern part of its ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島). Over a four-day period beginning on Oct. 1, when China marked its national day, Taiwan said that nearly 150 Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military aircraft entered its ADIZ, not territorial
The boyfriend of Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜) was yesterday questioned by prosecutors after Kao on Tuesday reported that he had abused her. Raphael Lin (林秉樞) was taken in for questioning at the Grand Forward Hotel in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) yesterday morning, and police confiscated his mobile phone, iPad and a data storage device, prosecutors said, adding that they have applied to place Lin in judicial detention. Lin, who does not reside at his registered address, might attempt to flee or tamper with evidence, they said, adding that he has allegedly threatened victims in earlier abuse cases
PAST CATCHING UP: Raphael Lin was last year convicted of intimidating his girlfriend at the time, and in 2015 allegedly confined his parents and assaulted his mother Doctoral student and media commentator Raphael Lin (林秉樞) is in detention and has had his communication rights limited after he was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly subjecting Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜) to two days of violence in a hotel room, the New Taipei District Court said yesterday. The New Taipei City Prosecutors’ Office had filed a request to detain Lin — who was Kao’s boyfriend at the time of the incident — with the court approving the request early yesterday. The prosecutors’ office said that it is likely to charge Lin with seven offenses: assault causing bodily harm, violating
Italian Representative to Taiwan Davide Giglio has praised the nation as a “silent giant” of the global supply chain, saying he is looking forward to establishing closer cooperation with Taiwan’s world-leading semiconductor sector. “Taiwan’s role in global production chains has largely gone unnoticed until recently. This may have to do with the fact that Taiwanese companies do not always enjoy strong brand power,” Giglio said in an interview with the Central News Agency. However, a global chip shortage has brought to light Taiwan’s strength in such a strategically important sector, he said. Italy, a leader in the automotive sector, was quick to realize