Chao Chieh-yu, the son of former DPP Taipei City Chapter review committee convener Chao Ying-kuang, issued a statement on Dec. 21. The younger Chao, who has been sentenced to prison for fraud and drug trafficking, denied knowing DPP Central Standing Committee member Huang Cheng-kuo. This was viewed as an effort to distance the DPP from links to organized crime. DPP legislative by-election candidate Enoch Wu chimed in to say that Chao Chieh-yu has already been expelled from the party.
On Dec. 22, DPP legislative by-election candidate Enoch Wu canvassed for votes at an intersection along with a DPP legislator. On Dec. 21, Chao Chieh-yu, the son of former DPP Taipei City Chapter review committee convener Chao Ying-kuang who has been sentenced for fraud and drug trafficking, issued a statement claiming he does not know DPP Central Standing Committee member Huang Cheng-kuo. This was viewed as an effort to distance the DPP from links to organized crime.
Wang Hung-wei, Legislative By-election Candidate (KMT): “Does the DPP's inner circle have a problem with organized crime? If even William Lai spoke about it, then I think other DPP members can earnestly confront this issue.”
Enoch Wu, Legislative By-election Candidate (DPP): “The former member surnamed Chao currently needs to pay the fullest responsibility to society and the public because of his personal case, for his personal actions. We already followed our procedures in expelling him from the party. Whatever happens next is his personal problem.”
Wu was originally scheduled to make an appearance with Legislator Mark Ho, but the event was reportedly canceled at the last minute after Ho was named in Chao's statement. Wu had an explanation, saying the event wasn't going to be public anyway and it was decided after discussions that the best thing to do would be to cancel it. KMT candidate Wang Hung-wei continued inviting Wu to debate her, but Wu still didn't give a clear answer.
Enoch Wu, Legislative By-election Candidate (DPP): “Debates are about actual political views, specific viewpoints, and criticism. However, we have only seen drivel and abuse from Councilor Wang from the day she entered the race until today. This is the case, so what's the point of a debate? That's a simple question I'm asking all of you.”
Wang Hung-wei, Legislative By-election Candidate (KMT): “Debates are normal in elections, so if asking for a debate is drivel, then I think this violates the basic principles of democracy.”
Wang said she is cautiously optimistic about her chances and knows she cannot underestimate Wu. Wu said since he returned to Taiwan, he has spent all his time doing social work and promoting social resiliency, and he respects his opponent's thinking.