Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung, the presumptive leader of the Democratic Party, responded to the controversy by releasing a picture of his bent left arm. The governor was exempted from the military after being diagnosed with a grade 6 disability after an accident with his left arm caught in a press machine while working in a factory as a boy.
On the 17th, through Facebook, the governor said, “Even when you get older, even if you become thin, it is difficult to completely shake off the pain of disability. swallowed a sigh. I felt my mother’s hand stroking my bent elbow and cried inside.”
He added, “I met my wife and I didn’t wear a short-sleeved shirt until I was well over 30. It’s been a long time since I overcame the inferiority of my disability.”
Governor Lee said, “Even though I was the only candidate for Seongnam Mayor at the time of the 2006 local election, there was a movement against the nomination within the party saying, ‘Even if there is a limit to not being a candidate, Lee Jae-myung cannot be nominated. It was also the reason that he led and exposed the illegal change of use of the Jeongja-dong area in Bundang and the campaign against the preferential sale of Park View, which had a negative impact on the 2002 local elections and the 2004 general elections.
Previously, the Democratic Party of Korea released a poster with the words ‘Policy competes, but security is one, the Democratic Party’s military service team’ along with a picture of former representative Nak-yeon Lee, former Prime Minister Jeong Sye-kyun, Rep. Kim Du-gwan, and Rep. Park Yong-jin among the candidates for the presidential election within the party. There are a total of six candidates, including Governor Lee and former Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae. Except for the woman, former Minister Choo, of the five men, only the governor was missing, and some pointed out that the poster was created to point out the fact that the governor was unwritten. In this regard, Rep. Kim said, “It’s better to hear that it’s not written, so please remove me from this picture.” “No one should be criticized for having a disability. I don’t want to be part of this mean matador.”
Former Prime Minister Jeong also said, “You shouldn’t do this.” “Let’s not do this. Validation should not be a matador. The spirit of the Democratic Party is to hug Han Han, who was unable to enlist due to a disability.”
Jang Yeon-je, reporter for Donga.com [email protected]
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