Former Taipei EasyCard Corp chairman Sean Lien’s (連勝文) assistant yesterday dismissed speculation that Lien will not run in the Taipei mayoral election next year.
“He hasn’t made up his mind about running. I think he will make a final decision by the end of the year. He is still weighing all the options,” Lien’s assistant, William Hsu (徐弘庭), said in response to a report in the latest issue of Chinese-language weekly The Journalist which said that Lien had decided not to run because of opposition from his family.
Lien, son of former vice president Lien Chan (連戰), is widely seen as one of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) strongest candidates to succeed Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌).
However, a 2010 incident in which Sean Lien — then a member of the KMT Central Committee — was shot in the face at a campaign rally for New Taipei Council KMT candidate Chen Hung-yuan (陳鴻源) has fed concerns about his personal safety and prompted his wife to express opposition to him pursuing a political career.
Sean Lien has remained vague about his potential candidacy despite enjoying strong support from the pan-blue camp and has maintained a low profile in political circles since the shooting.
The Journalist said the KMT is instead planning to nominate Premier Jiang Yi-hua (江宜樺) as its mayoral candidate and make New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) the new premier.
KMT committee member Lee Te-wei (李德維), a close friend of Sean Lien, said the Lien family have expressed concern about his possible electoral bid, but that this did not affect his participation in party affairs.