‘OLD FRIENDS’:Soong said that the vote brokers had campaigned for him as governor, as he drew on his vast network of municipal political contacts from that time
Date: Aug 20, 2015
By: Liu Wan-chun and Yu Hsueh-lan / Staff reporters
People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) yesterday denied
that his recent string of visits to local dignitaries across the nation was aimed at bringing vote brokers for other parties into his fold, saying he was just trying “to catch up with some of his old friends.”
“These people served as the vote brokers in my campaign for Taiwan provincial governor [in 1994.] So technically, I am not bringing them into my fold, but rather bringing them back,” Soong said as he paid visits to former Tainan city council speakers, including Lien Ching-tai (連清泰) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Li He-shun (李和順) of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union.
The politician also visited former Tainan county commissioner Lee Ya-chiao (李雅樵) of the KMT and the mother of former Tainan city council speaker Chou Ching-wen (周清文).
Soong was fervently greeted by local residents, among whom were former township councilors and borough wardens. [FULL STORY]