Dark Horse Presidential Contender An Hee-jung in "Good Intentions" Scandal
SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Chungcheong Gov. An Hee-jung of the Democratic Party, who is cited as a potential presidential candidate, on Tuesday apologized for claiming President Park Geun-hye originally held "good intentions" in relations to the ongoing corruption scandal.
On Sunday, An said Park, as well as former President Lee Myung-bak, intended to come up with reasonable policies, although they did not follow rules and set systems.
"They had good intentions for the have-nots and the people, but things did not work out as they intended," An earlier said. The governor added Park established K-Sports and Mir Foundations to collect donations from conglomerates and better prepare for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
The two foundations, allegedly controlled by President Park's close friend, have been at the center of the corruption scandal which led to Park's impeachment. Investigators suspect Choi Soon-sil attempted to take control of the foundations' assets using her ties to the chief executive.
Both Park and Choi have refuted the charges leveled against them.
The remark made by An, a potential candidate from the main opposition Democratic Party, drew immediate fire from his progressive supporters.
"So many people were disturbed and heartbroken (by the remark)," An said, expressing his apology.'