Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who is seeking the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) nomination as its candidate in the year-end Taipei mayoral race, went on the offensive yesterday by issuing an open letter to DPP members that took a jab at fellow Taipei City mayoral aspirant Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
In the letter titled “Guard against Opportunists; Defend our Party Discipline and Defend our Party Soul,” Lu, without naming names, referred to Ko in her criticism of Ko’s positioning in his proposed cross-party opposition alliance.
“How can the DPP allow someone who refuses to join our party, but permits his inclusion in a slate of loyal party members, into the preliminary public opinion survey (to determine the mayoral candidacy for Taipei City)?” Lu asked in the letter.
Lu noted that if Ko were to win the Taipei City race, he would form the cross-party opposition alliance to administer the city.
“This non-DPP person is using the DPP to conduct his election campaign, while on the other hand, he is taking the opportunity to strengthen his power and influence, and he can achieve this whether he joins the race or not,” she said. “Later, if the person forms a new political party, then would not the DPP have lost big in the gamble, by losing the wife in the bet and losing the house as well?”
Ko, attending physician and chairman of the Department of Traumatology at National Taiwan University Hospital, is a frontrunner in the nomination race. The other hopefuls from the pan-green camp for the mayoral race are DPP members including Lu, Taipei City Council Deputy Speaker Chou Po-ya (周柏雅), former Tainan mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財), and prominent lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄).
“We have four highly qualified candidates, yet some party executives advocated that nominated candidates need not be DPP members, and need not join the party for inclusion in the preliminary opinion survey. This is a very ludicrous proposal,” Lu said.
According to Lu, DPP was established as a political party after many Taiwanese democracy activists and pioneers sacrificed their youth and freedom, while some martyrs lost their lives and their family members, to fight against the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) tyrannical rule during the Martial Law Era.
“The DPP is Taiwanese people’s hope and the guardian of Taiwan. Our party discipline and party soul need all party members to protect and carry them forward. Party leaders must have the strong resolve to safeguard the honor and core values of the DPP,” Lu said.
“Those aspirant candidates looking for the DPP’s nomination should respect and identify with our party, and be prepared to undergo stringent scrutiny, so we would not lose our core values before we can win back the Taipei City mayoral post,” she said.
“It is regrettable that people are trying to sow discord within the DPP by [previously] talking about the party as ‘having two suns,’ and now they are obfuscating the pan-green camp by forming a ‘cross-party opposition alliance,’” Lu added.
“We are hearing these strange viewpoints for nominating our Taipei City mayoral candidate. It is causing much unnecessary turmoil and also challenging the DPP central leadership’s authority,” she said.