Lai can skip New Taipei: ex-legislator

PIVOTAL RACE:Former DPP legislator Lin Cho-shui said that the Tainan mayor should make way for DPP politicians in New Taipei City, but run if they prove to be unsuitable

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 03, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) could seek the presidency without first running in

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Lin Cho-shui speaks during an interview on a radio show on Jan. 6. Photo: CNA

next year’s New Taipei City mayoral race, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) said yesterday, in support of a potential bid by Lai for the top position.

Asked in a radio interview whether Lai should seek an intermediate position on the way to the presidency, Lin said the Tainan mayor could seek the office without taking another position, similar to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who did not hold a local government post before running for president.

Lai is considered a strong candidate for New Taipei City mayor, as he is one of the few DPP politicians who has what it takes to compete with New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-governed special municipality.    [FULL  STORY]

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