桃園縣平鎮市長陳萬得原獲國民黨提名，將參選桃園縣第5選區（平鎮市、龍潭鄉）立委，但疑似涉入房地產恐嚇糾紛遭到起訴，他已建請國民黨撤回立委提名。不過，陳萬得的妻子呂玉玲昨（26）日正式宣布，她將代夫出征。It says that the KMT legislative candidate in Pingjzhen/Longtan in Taoyuan county, formerly the mayor of Pingzhen town, was more or less forced by his fellow KMTers to step aside after being indicted for irregularities in land deals. Naturally, his wife was put forward as the candidate, although another KMT politician has also been mentioned.
This wife-as-substitute-candidate is a frequent occurrence in local politics. For example, the Taitung County chief election from five years ago....
Kuang is the ex-wife of Wu Chun-li (吳俊立), a KMT member who was elected county commissioner last December, but was then suspended from his post immediately upon assuming office because of a corruption conviction.Or the epic case of Fu Kun-chi, County Chief of Hualien, who "divorced" his wife and then appointed her his deputy for when he lost his position due to a corruption conviction.
Wu then divorced his wife, Kuang, in an attempt to sidestep restrictions preventing a commissioner from selecting a relative or spouse as deputy. Kuang then joined the KMT to run for the Taitung post.
Such cases highlight the clan and patronage networks that dominate local politics. Note that the Taitung and Hualien county chiefs were both big winners in the elections. Sometimes I get tired of reading that the public is tired of corruption; judging by the regular victories of corrupt politicians and parties, the public can't get enough of corruption.
Meanwhile, in our fair city of Taichung, Now News is reporting that our visionary mayor Jason Hu of the KMT scored another epic win for public order and decency when he sent around a memo this weekend to 14 police precincts telling them that convenience stores would no longer be permitted to have outside tables, since they may cause trouble with public order. I am sure he's not attempting to drum up business for local KTVs. If this really is seriously enforced, one has to wonder how it will affect the election.
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