Where is former Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊)? The question was on everybody’s lips this afternoon as Chen courtesy’s visit to Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) was canceled on Friday.
Contrary to all expectations, Chen wasn’t playing hide and seek with Taiwan media in northern Taiwan. She took the 4:51 p.m. High Speed Rail train heading to southern Taiwan instead of accompanying 26 candidates of the Control Yuan (監委) to the Legislative Yuan.
Legislators from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) were ready to “welcome” the controversial candidate to become president one of the five branches of power of the Republic of China (Taiwan) — an investigatory agency that monitors the other branches of government.
Chen, a confidant of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), is under pressure from opposition parties who have called her nomination a “blatant political appointment.”
With the mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung slated on Aug. 15, Chinese-language media speculated that the former Kaohsiung mayor could join Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) of the Democratic Progressive Party on his campaign trail over the weekend.
Chen Chi-mai is facing Kaohsiung City Councilor Li Mei-jhen (李眉蓁). The KMT candidate is currently serving her third term as a city councilor, a position she has held for about 10 years. Her father is a former Kaohsiung city councilor and close friend of recalled Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).