Quick update on DPP election results and my thoughts
Not surprisingly, Su Tseng-chang got elected the party leader as he has got support from some county chiefs and 2 mayors as well as those who control a substantial number of nominal party members. When asked how he would deal with the problem of nominal party members, his reply was that nominal members should not be stigmatised.
Lo Chih-cheng beat Chang Hung-lu and will become Director of DPP’s New Taipei City regional office. Lo did not have Chang’s local connections but he has a high profile (good ability and public image) and Tsai Ing-wen’s support. I don’t know how much the scandal this week hurt Chang but judging by the significant majority Lo won (5000+ votes more than his opponent), Lo would have easily won either way. This is the first time in many years that this regional office is not headed by Su Tseng-chang’s associate. The level of support for Lo could mean that Su’s influence in New Taipei is not as great as some people believe and that the Tsai’s campaigns have got her some real support. This may be a positive change for the DPP because in all the major elections over the past 10 years, the results in this region have almost always been disappointing. This has raised a question about Su and his people’s campaign ability (or willingness to campaign for others). Indeed, despite being active in the region for many years, Chang Hung-lu has not shown any outstanding or memorable performance in his political career. Let’s see if Lo can do better in New Taipei.
In Taipei City, Chuang Ruei-hsiun, a good Taipei City Councillor, secured another term as Director of the DPP Taipei City Regional Office. He has been backed by Frank Hsieh and endorsed by Tsai Ing-wen. It’s worth mentioning that when he won last time, he took over the position from Huang (who also ran this time), who is wealthy enough to control a lot of nominal party members. Chuang’s win probably signified the influence of those who use nominal party members to dominate diminishing in that region. Lo’s win in New Taipei could mean the same there because a lot of those who control nominal members were said to have supported Chang.
As I said before, I’m not optimistic about DPP’s future in Su’s hands. However, with the changes in the 2 most important regional offices, Su may not be as dominating as expected. Lo and Chuang are both young and promising and I hope they both do well at creating positive changes in the future.