By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Despite the dozens of Kuomintang candidates who
were swept away by a Democratic Progressive Party landslide Saturday, one of the rare winners for the “blue” camp was a descendant of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
Wayne Chiang won the election district covering the Songshan and Zhongshan areas of Taipei City after first defeating high-profile lawmaker Lo Shu-lei in the primaries and then on Saturday Billy Pan, an independent candidate backed by the DPP and known for his close ties to Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je.
The victory came despite an overall disastrous election day for the KMT, with its national total of legislators tumbling from 64 to 35. In Taipei City, the KMT was left with five out of eight seats, with veterans Ting Shou-chung and Lin Yu-fang falling to DPP City Councilor Rosalia Wu and New Power Party rock star Freddy Lim respectively.
Chiang is a great-grandson of President Chiang Kai-shek, a grandson of President Chiang Ching-kuo and the son of former Foreign Minister John Chiang. John Chiang and a twin brother were born out of wedlock to Chiang Ching-kuo and a woman surnamed Chang in China. They originally took her surname, but changed their names to Chiang in 2005. [FULL STORY]