Updated June. 20, 2014 05:22
Chung Mong-joon, a former lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party who competed in the June 4 local elections for Seoul mayor, met Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in 15 days after the elections finished. Chung came to see Mayor Park in person only one day after the mayor said in a meeting with Seoul City Hall correspondents, I called Chung right after the election, but he didnt answer the phone.
Chung visited the mayors office on the sixth floor of the Seoul City Hall at around 10:25 a.m. Thursday. Park welcomed Chung outside his office and when Chung said with a bright face, Congratulations, Park said, Thank you. They shook their hands.
Chung said, You gave me a call, but I do not often accept calls from unidentified numbers. If you send me a text message, I will call you back right away. Then, Park said, Lets create a hotline.
In the 10-minute meeting, Park proposed Chung to be an advisor to the Seoul metropolitan government. Chung said, I think youll do a good job as the mayor of Seoul, the most important city in this country. I came here as a citizen to ask such favor. Park said, You had many pledges and I would like to listen carefully to you. Id like to invite you as my advisor. But Chung did not give a clear answer. Park asked again, Are you taking the offer? but Chung said, as a volunteer rather than an advisor
During the conversation, Park called Chung, Mr. Chung, my advisor, and Chung said, An advisor sounds pretty old. Since I am older than you, what about calling me political senior? Park instantly called him, Chung, my senior.