Mark Ho Mellows Out After Criticizing Ko Wen-je's Team|勝選感言炮轟柯家軍 何志偉態度放緩

Jake Chen
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Mark Ho recently won the legislative by-election of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. During his victory speech, Ho criticized members of the Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's team for spreading rumors and exaggerating facts. Just one day later, however, Mark Ho's attitude became milder. Incumbent DPP Chair Cho Jung-tai said that he didn't know about Mark Ho's speech ahead of time. When asked about the possibility of collaborating with Ko and his team, Cho said that there is no room for negotiation, and that the DPP candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election will come from within the party.

Former Taipei City Councilor Mark Ho has won the by-election of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). On the morning of January 2018, Ho and his team met supporters on the street and expressed gratitude. Earlier on the evening of January 27, Ho criticized Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and his team during his victory speech. He points to Chen Su-yu, and said her and her father spreading false information and that Ko has been helping them. Local media outlets asked Ho whether he's disappointed about the attack that Ko's team initiated. Ho's response was milder than one day ago.

I don't know whether the day will come when I don't respond to any personal comment from Ko Wen-je. I'm don't know how I would feel if that day comes.

DPP Chairperson Cho Jung-tai said Ho's latest comments was a release of the negative emotions that he had accumulated over the election season. Asked about the possibility of the DPP collaborating with Ko Wen-je's team in the presidential election in 2020, Cho stressed that the DPP will do its best to nominate a candidate from within the party.

As the party currently in power, I'll repeat one more time: there is no room for negotiation when it comes to the 2020 Presidential Election. We'll maintain our own direction and pace (and elect our own candidate).

Cho said that Chen Su-yu doesn't fully represent Ko Wen-je's position. As to the list of candidates for the presidential election, Cho said that there are many potential candidates within the DPP, and the party will select the candidates after conducting surveys in April.