As the nominee Chen Chu is the former mayor of Kaohsiung City, the battle fire spread to Kaohsiung on the morning of June 29. The Kuomintang caucus of the Kaohsiung City Council called a press conference to express their support for the occupation, and the three candidates running in the Kaohsiung City mayoral by-election all expressed their opinions on the matter. The KMT's Li Mei-jheng dismissed speculation that the KMT's strong opposition to Chen's nomination was an election tactic to gather support for her.
President Tsai Ing-wen's decision to nominate Chen Chu as Control Yuan president has been controversial to say the least. Kaohsiung City Mayor by-election candidate Li Mei-jhen said while canvassing on the 29th that nominating Chen for the post was akin to appointing her "chief cook and bottle washer."
The Kaohsiung City gas explosion case is still under review at the Control Yuan. (Chen Chu was Kaohsiung City mayor at that time). That's why people get the impression she's being appointed chief cook and bottle washer.
Li dismissed speculation that the KMT's strong opposition to Chen's nomination was an election tactic to gather support for her. Taiwan People's Party candidate Wu Yi-jheng also dismissed this as a ludicrous idea.
During the Lee Teng-hui era, they changed the system to let the president nominate Control Yuan members. It was then and there that the Control Yuan was castrated.
Chen's record as Kaohsiung mayor has come under scrutiny due to her nomination. Wu says Chen did well on the human rights front, but the Democratic Progressive Party seriously needs to reconsider its nomination process. DPP candidate Chen Chi-mai predictably had only high praise for Chen and said everyone should stop smearing her.
The Legislative Yuan has the authority to approve the Control Yuan nominations. Legislators should rationally discuss the nominations and then decide whether to approve or reject them. We don't want there to be excessive smearing or intense opposition.
The three Kaohsiung City mayor candidates all had their say on the Tsai administration's Control Yuan nominee list on the 29th.