Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je had planned to visit a series of local leaders this year, but he’s facing a few setbacks. Today the commissioner of Miaoli sharply criticized Mayor Ko and said he was not welcome in Miaoli. This high-profile repudiation comes after the mayor of Keelung also declined a meeting with Taipei’s mayor. Today Mayor Ko appeared unperturbed by the rejections. He dismissed speculation that his visits were meant to consolidate support for a presidential run.
At the annual calla lily festival at Yangmingshan’s Bamboo Lake, Mayor Ko donned waterproof overtrousers to pick some lilies.
It’s not often that his duties take him outdoors, and Mayor Ko enjoyed his day under the sun. It’s a welcome reprieve from the setbacks he’s been encountering. First Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang declined a meeting with him. Most recently, Miaoli Commissioner Hsu Yao-chang refused to meet him as well. [FULL STORY]