DPP party list

(Still cleaning up old stories.)

The DPP announced its party list on June 30.  Their 34 nominees are listed below along with the United Daily News’s comments on each person’s background.  These classifications are a bit arbitrary (Bi-khim Hsiao is most notable in the overseas voter world? Really?)  Also, factional affiliations are ever-shifting, and the reporters may not have gotten everything right.  (Apparently the New Tide and Justice factions no longer exist, but the Hsieh and Su factions do.  Sure.)  But it’s better than nothing.

(I originally wanted to put the comments from all three newspapers since their comments were all a bit different, but the data bases I have access to only show images from the UDN.  Sorry.)

The fight over the party list may have been just as important for its role in the presidential campaign as for choosing 14-17 members of the next legislature.  The party gave the chair the power to determine the list.  Tsai Ing-wen delegated the work to a committee, but the final decision was (at least formally) hers.  Putting together the list turned out to be a lot harder than many anticipated, and the announcement was delayed about a month while they tried to reach some sort of acceptable solution.  In the end, there was heavy criticism from both inside and outside the party.  The most common charge was that the list was simply an attempt to appease factions and balance their power.  Also, people from under-represented groups, experts, and other non-politicians were largely pushed aside in favor of established politicians.  All in all, Tsai’s image as an effective leader took a major hit from this episode.

Personally, these charges never bothered me much.  I don’t believe that a party list should be used for non-politicians.  If the politicians want to give a few spots to those kind of people that’s fine, but spots in the legislature should mostly be filled by people who have organized and effectively represent significant chunks of the population.  “Faction” may be a dirty word, but factions represent organization, political power, and, in the end, a lot of people.

Tsai’s poll numbers slipped a bit at about this time, and she seemed to lose the initiative in the campaign.  Before the nominations, it seemed to me that she was completely dominating the media discourse.  If she wanted to talk about nuclear power, for example, then the media and the KMT were forced to talk about nuclear power for the next week.  Afterward, the media discourse shifted to things that she didn’t necessarily choose, starting with this topic and continuing on through the difficult VP selection process and Su’s farm house.  I get the feeling that the Tsai campaign is only now emerging from this long slump, but it took four months.

Name sex UDN comment
1 陳節如 F 社福界
2 柯建銘 前正義連線
3 吳宜臻 ** F 台北市女性權益促進會理事長,客家籍
4 李應元 謝系
5 田秋堇 F 前新系
6 蔡煌瑯 前正義連線
7 蕭美琴 F 僑務界
8 陳其邁 高雄市府系統
9 鄭麗君 F 社運界
10 段宜康 前新系
11 尤美女 F 法界
12 吳秉叡 蘇系
13 薛凌 F 綠色友誼連線
14 余天 演藝界
15 翁金珠 F 前新系
16 游錫堃 前閣揆
17 陳瑩 F 原住民
18 蘇貞昌 前閣揆
19 黃淑英 F 前新系
20 謝長廷 前閣揆
21 楊芳婉 F 法界
22 蔡同榮 公媽派
23 卓春英 F 學界
24 趙永清 前正義連線
25 謝欣霓 F 謝系
26 施義芳 工程界
27 余莓莓 F 謝系
28 陳景峻 前正義連線
29 陳秀惠 F 原住民
30 賴萬枝 金融界
31 尹伶瑛 F 前立委
32 戴振耀 農界
33 王巧蓉 F 僑務界
34 涂醒哲 公媽派

**Number 3 was originally 鄭素華.  She withdrew under pressure because of vote-buying allegations.

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