Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) yesterday said he has been preparing to run for Taipei mayor and would accept the challenge if the party asks him to.
Yao made the remarks in response to queries about a report in the Chinese-language United Daily News that said the approval rating of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has been dropping and that the DPP is considering nominating its own candidate for the 2018 Taipei mayoral election.
A poll released on Friday showed that Ko’s approval rating fell to 42.3 percent, from 70 percent after his first 100 days in office.
“I have been preparing [for the Taipei mayoral election]. I was prepared for it in the last election [in 2014],” Yao said. “I am like a pitcher who has been practicing in the bullpen: When the team needs me, I can get on the pitcher’s mound immediately and if not, I will just keeping on preparing for a perfect game.”
Yao said he was already well-prepared two years ago, when he announced he would run for the post. In the end, the DPP decided to throw its support behind Ko, an independent.
Over the past two years, he remained in the Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee and focused on the revision of laws pertaining to urban renewal, Yao said, adding that his experience might help the city in urban renewal projects.
When asked whether the DPP would support Ko if he runs for re-election or nominate its own candidate, Yao said it is still too early to say, adding that the party’s relevant regulations involve a long process before it decides who to nominate or support.
However, Yao declined to comment on Ko’s performance and his declining approval rating.
“I am not in the position to say anything, because at first we were rivals, but I later served as the president of [Ko’s] supporters’ club,” Yao said. “There are more than two years left in his term, and I hope his approval rating improves so the public can benefit from his good work as a mayor.”
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