Finally, Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu has admitted that he would be willing to run for president. Previously, whenever asked the big question, he had always refused to comment, but on May 13, he said he would be willing to run, if the Kuomintang asks him to, but he would work from Kaohsiung instead if he is elected.
Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu attended an interpellation at the Kaohsiung City Council on May 14. The previous day, Han gave an interview in which he said for the first time that he would be willing to run for president. He also revealed that he would work from Kaohsiung if elected and would not leave southern Taiwan.
The media informed me that Kaohsiung residents are very worried and would not accept their mayor running off. That is why I want to tell the media that this worry is unfounded. If I am elected president, I'll work from Kaohsiung. I won't leave Kaohsiung.
Han said he made his position clear because the media was concerned that he might be accused of abandoning Kaohsiung residents if he is enlisted to run for president. He added the part about working from Kaohsiung was an attempt to remind the next president to be aware of the long-term imbalance between the north and south. Meanwhile, former Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing, who supported Han in his mayoral campaign, said he is not in favor of Han running for president and would not support him, because to do so would turn him into an accomplice in a fraud ring.
It's a very positive thing for Yang Chiu-hsing to introduce Kaohsiung to Chairperson Terry Gou. With regards to fraud rings, I respect his opinion. I just hope everyone can remain good friends.
Han said he respected Yang's opinion. Several Kaohsiung City councilors from the Democratic Progressive Party and New Power Party also chimed in to make their opposition heard.
He's now trying to placate Kaohsiung residents who might become upset if he runs away. This is 100 percent lying to get votes.
He can't even administrate well. Can he really govern all the people of Taiwan? This is of concern to everyone.
New Power Party Councilor Huang Chieh accused Han of being unfamiliar with the Kaohsiung City Government, and questioned how he would lead the entire population of Taiwan. She added people are smart and even if Han is drafted to run for president, he will still face the test of public opinion.