Chu finishes No.20 out of 22
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tainan City Mayor William Lai is the most popular out of 22 local
leaders, while Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je ended up at No.9 and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu at No.20, according to the latest rankings published by CommonWealth Magazine Tuesday.
The prominent periodical regularly issues a list of the country’s city mayors and county magistrates according to performance, which is widely mentioned in the media as a barometer for local politicians’ popularity.
Lai came out on top after a rocky year. He boycotted all sessions of the Tainan City Council until last week in a protest against alleged vote-buying by its speaker, Lee Chuan-chiao of the Kuomintang, but that action earned him impeachment by the Control Yuan. He is also dealing with a deadly outbreak of dengue fever in the southern city. Despite his problems, Lai is still often being mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for 2016 or even presidential contender for later. [FULL STORY]