Nov 26, 2018 General Comments Off on After re-election win, Cheng focused on Taoyuan, not leading DPP
Taipei, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???), who resisted a Kuomintang (KMT) wave to win re-election Saturday, will not serve as acting head of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), despite efforts to recruit him for the job.
One of his aides said Monday that Cheng will not step up as acting DPP chairman because the position is scheduled to be decided at a meeting Wednesday, when the Taoyuan government starts to review the city's budget in 2019.
Thus, Cheng will not attend the DPP meeting and also will not accept being selected as the DPP's acting chairman, the aide said.
Cheng himself said earlier Monday that he was currently only focused on his city and had not thought about stepping up as the party's acting helmsman.
He made the statement after an unnamed senior member of the DPP revealed that Cheng would become the party's acting chairman after President Tsai Ing-wen (???) stepped down as the party's leader late Saturday.
Tsai resigned as DPP chairwoman to take responsibility for the ruling party's big defeat in Saturday's elections, in which it won only six of the 22 city mayor and county magistrate seats up for grabs, while the opposition KMT won 15.
A DPP source said that if Cheng were to take the role of the party's acting helmsman, he would have the important responsibility of leading the party's efforts in upcoming by-elections to fill legislative seats left vacant after Saturday's elections.
The open legislator positions include Taipei's 2nd electoral district, left vacant by DPP's Taipei mayoral candidate Yao Wen-chih (???), who is quitting politics after a major defeat, and Tainan's 2nd electoral district, left vacant by the city's DPP mayor-elect Huang Wei-che (???).
Other districts include Changhua's 1st electoral district, left vacant by Changhua magistrate-elect Wang Hui-mei (???) of the KMT, and Taichung's 5th electoral district, left vacant by the city's mayor-elect, Lu Shiow-yen (???) of the KMT.
A by-election will also be held in Kinmen to fill the seat vacated by the county's magistrate-elect Yang Cheng-wu (???) of the KMT.
Another person with knowledge of the matter said a number of high-ranking DPP members contacted Cheng to discuss taking on the role of the party's acting chairman and that Cheng talked to aides about the possibility of handling both city and party affairs.
In the end, however, Cheng appears to have decided against leading the party, even on a temporary basis.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel