DPP Legislator (and member of the DPP Central Executive Committee) Chen Tingfei 陳婷妃 has proposed changing the rules for the DPP’s nomination telephone surveys. Under the current rules, respondents are asked which of the various DPP contestants they prefer. However, Chen noted that, by the time the DPP conducts its surveys in May, the KMT will have already formally nominated its candidate. Chen proposes adding a series of questions pitting each of the DPP hopefuls against the KMT candidate. If only one person beats the KMT candidate, that person should get the nomination. If more than one person beats the KMT candidate, then the intra-party question should decide the winner.
Chen Tingfei is currently serving as Xu Tiancai’s 許添財 campaign manager 競選總幹事. Lai Qingde’s 賴清德 camp quickly responded that the rules are clear and established, and they should not be changed at this late date. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Lai is still winning, and Xu’s camp is trying to figure out some way to change the game. They have probably done some surveys of their own and figured out that there is a possibility that Lai might lose against at least one of the KMT possibilities (though this would be stunning). Perhaps it is just desperation.