On the 16th, the Democratic Party of Korea refrained from taking an official response to the so-called ‘seven-hour call transcript’ of Kim Kun-hee, wife of presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol.
Prior to the broadcast of MBC’s ‘Straight’ that evening, the Democratic Party’s electoral committee announced to the press, “The Public Affairs Bureau will not take a stand.”
Prior to this, Candidate Lee also said that during a visit to Gangwon-do on the afternoon of the same day, he said, “I have no special opinion” regarding the broadcast of Kim’s transcript with reporters.
Candidate Lee also showed a cautious attitude on the 14th with regards to the application for an injunction against the broadcast of the recording, saying, “The conclusion will be in accordance with the law, common sense, and public sentiment.”
Even the Democratic lawmakers who encouraged the ‘broadcasting’ did not give any special reaction to Facebook, etc.
Although no official position was made from the party or the previous leader, some passport figures left a message of criticism against Kim after the broadcast.
According to the MBC report, Kim asked for a lecture on camp composition during a phone call with Lee Myung-soo, a reporter for ‘Voice of Seoul’, and said, “Let’s organize the camp with those rules.” He also encouraged this reporter to join the camp and said, “If you do well, I can give you 100 million won” and “Stand in line on either side.”
Nam Young-hee, spokesman for the election committee, wrote on Facebook, “With the 2022 presidential election about 50 days away, the word Choi Soon-sil should now be replaced with Kim Kun-hee.”
Also, regarding Lee Jun-seok, representative of the People’s Power, saying, ‘It is not a problem to express gratitude to the person who gave advice and recruit personnel to organize the camp’. “Don’t be cowardly with yourself because of the ‘reduced and sloppy remarks'” he criticized.
Choi Kang-wook, chairman of the Open Democratic Party, captured and posted on Facebook the Article 97 of the Election Act, which stipulates ‘restrictions on acts for illegal use of broadcasting and newspapers’. It seems to be aimed at the part where Kim expressed his intention to pay money.
This provision stipulates that no one shall offer money, goods, entertainment, or other benefits to or express his intention to provide money, goods, entertainment, or other benefits to persons who manage and manage broadcasts, newspapers, communications, magazines, and other publications for election campaigns.
Democratic Party lawmaker Yoon Jun-byeong asked, “Does Kim Seok-yeol of the National Power Party think the same?” about Kim’s remarks about the former Chungnam governor Ahn Hee-jeong, who was found guilty of sexual assault by an attendant and was imprisoned.
Former lawmaker Sohn Hye-won, who left the Open Democratic Party in opposition to the Democratic Party and the party, sarcastically said, “Today, Kim Gun-hee-bal’s teaching to live life is a two-legged strategy.”
Columnist Hwang Gyo-ik, who was appointed as president of the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization when Lee was governor of Gyeonggi Province, said, “Many people were disappointed with the content of the broadcast. It was because they expected that revealing remarks such as nuclear bombs would appear.” “I’m not giving you a bomb that can kill you,” he said.
Nevertheless, Hwang emphasized, “You have to watch Kim Gun-hee, who is trying to get information that is beneficial to her to flow into the media industry by giving money to a reporter and promising a seat.”
Copywriter Jeongcheol, who was in charge of the message of the predecessor, posted a post saying, “At this point, I can’t help but finish up to 7 hours without editing every single stroke” and added the hashtag “Stop straight.”
Former Justice Minister Cho Kuk said, “It’s amazing to hear the original part of the MBC straight broadcast ban.”
On the other hand, there was also a reaction mixed with disappointment that there was no destructive content that could touch the public sentiment.
Jeong Un-hyeon, former chief of staff of the Prime Minister’s Office, who served as the public affairs director at Lee Nak-yeon’s presidential campaign, said, “I don’t think there was much shocking compared to the case that drew attention.”
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