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Lien Chan seeks support from Blues for Sean Lien campaign
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-03 11:58 AM
KMT Taipei City mayoral candidate Sean Lien trails NTUH trauma chief Ko Wen-je in the latest opinion polls, and members of his campaign team are said to be at odds on the strategy to be followed from here on in. With the younger Lien’s prospects in the election needing a boost, KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan hosted a number of party heavyweights in a banquet Wednesday night to seek out ideas for revving up his son’s campaign. On hand were Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan and a host of party officials and legislators.

Other KMT party leaders attending the banquet were party whip Lin Hung-chih, Deputy Secretary-general Wang Ting-sheng, incumbent Taipei caucus chairperson Wu Bi-chu, former Speaker of the Taipei City Council Chen Chien-chih and a good number of KMT legislators. One notable absentee during the evening was legislator Ting Shou-chung, who was bested by Sean Lien in the KMT primary last month.

Ting Yuan-chao said the Taipei legislators were invited to the banquet in order to glean insights on the upcoming election that might be helpful in forging a strategy for the campaign. He said Sean Lien will set up command centers in the campaign headquarters of legislators who are seeking re-election this year. The centers will serve to facilitate communications between the campaigns of various KMT candidates and help wage stronger and more positive campaigns for all of the party’s candidates.

Sean Lien was also present at the beginning of the evening’s events but had to leave early because of other commitments. While there, one legislator reportedly counseled Lien to resist being drawn into a daily war of words with Ko Wen-je, urging him to concentrate on more important matters like drafting a policy White Paper for the campaign. Other party stalwarts encouraged him to spend more time with people at the grassroots level in the city and listening to public opinion on issues that concern the citizens of Taipei.

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