Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu will run for the 2020 presidential election. There have been rumors that he would take time off from his mayoral duties to focus on his presidential campaign. In response, Han said he will announce his plan once it's confirmed.
While Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu was attending a road safety brief session, a city councilor said Han plans to start an unpaid leave from October 14 or 15 for his presidential campaign, and he will also be absent from the interpellation session in city council.
I'll certainly inform the city council before taking a leave. And I'll follow the legal procedure when taking the leave. I'll inform the public when it happens.
Han did not disclose the exact dates on which he would take a leave to run his campaign or his itinerary for a possible visit to the United States. Former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu ever took three months off in 2016 to run for president.
I have served in public office for a long time, and my seniority allowed me about 60 days of off-days each year. I respect Han's decision. But I believe one has to be 100 percent devoted in the last phase of his presidential campaign.
The presidential election is less than 100 days away. Han recently said that he has spent his weekdays working on managing the City of Kaohsiung, while spending weekends on preparing for his campaign. Many wonder if Han will take a leave to focus on his presidential campaign as his support rating began to slip. Though Han hasn't announced any plans, the KMT headquarter has begun its preparation. KMT Chairperson Wu Den-yih recently hosted a ceremony where senior officials called for solidarity among all party members in an effort to regain power in the upcoming election.
Since Han won the party primary fair and square, he will run for president on behalf of the KMT. We'll must work together towards the same goal and fight for every single vote.
Han's campaign office has commissioned a lawyer to file a lawsuit against media personality Huang Kuang-chin for offenses against reputation and credit. Huang responded in a Facebook post saying that he will fight the case with everything he has.