I'll tell you how: on the entertainment provided by local faction politics. The Taipei Times reported today that a local Hualien politician, KMT Legislator Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁), had been disqualified by the KMT's national organization from running for County Chief...
The KMT Organization and Development Committee yesterday contacted the local branch and said Fu, who has been found guilty in two different cases, is unqualified to represent the party in the Hualien County commissioner election.What is it that Legislator Fu had done?
The committee’s decision contradicted the branch integrity committee’s decision on Tuesday when it approved Fu’s qualification to join the primary.
Fu was indicted on Feb. 2, 2000, for illegally speculating in Taiwan Pineapple Group stock in 1998.I wonder why Fu is not in detention, seeing as how he owes big bucks and all. Oh never mind, stupid question.
In 2003, the Taipei District Court sentenced Fu to six years in jail, fined him NT$150 million (US$4.5 million) and deprived him of his civil rights for four years. Fu filed an appeal with the Taiwan High Court and on June 11 the high court sentenced Fu to four years in jail and a fine of NT$20 million. Fu appealed again.
KNN sheds light on this decision: why did the local chapter clear him to run?
The Hualian County Chapter ruled that Fu was eligible to run in the KMT Hualian County Chief Executive primary election because the crime Fu allegedly committed in his insider-trading case had not been listed in the KMT Clean-Government Regulations.Thus, according to the KNN report, Sec-Gen Wu Den-yih said that Fu had violated the spirit of the "Black Gold" clause that is supposed to prevent the corrupt from running for office under the KMT banner. The Taipei Times notes that KMT regs also give the party the power to prevent someone from running if they feel the candidate might damage the party's reputation.
Just by coincidence, the central party organization, of a party now run by Chairman Ma, prevented local favorite Fu from running, just as Chairman Ma's good friend Minister Yeh stepped down to run for County Chief of Hualien. Where Fu is from.
It will be interesting to see whether Fu decides to leave the KMT and run as an independent, a common pattern in cases where the KMT has made the "Black Gold" clause stick.
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