Despite the scandals plaguing chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen, he formally signed up for the race for the top job yesterday.
And he had 379 nominations from the 1,200-member Election Committee.
They included Cheung Kong Holding's Li Ka-shing and his son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, Sun Hung Kai Properties' Raymond Kwok Ping-luen and Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong, Henderson Land's Lee Shau-kee, New World Development's Henry Cheng Kar-shun, and Lau Wong-fat, head of the powerful rural affairs body Heung Yee Kuk.
In a five-minute speech, Tang vowed he would regain the confidence and trust of Hong Kongers despite having "strayed" in an extramarital affair and then admitted he had an illegal structure in his Kowloon Tong home, but blamed it on his wife.
"I will devote a hundred times of efforts and I will not give up," he said. "I admitted that I did not handle [the scandals] well. I intended to protect my family, but it hurt them even more. It's my fault and I will take the full responsibility."
He did not answer any questions from the media, but he was the second candidate to register his candidacy after pan-democrat contender Albert Ho Chun-yan received 183 nominations last week. Candidates need a minimum of 150 nominations. Leung Chun-ying may file his candidacy later this week or next.
Tang's staunchest supporters are thinking twice about voting for him, including the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions Cheng Yiu-tong, and James Tien Pei-chun, honorary chairman of the Liberal Party which submitted 62 nominations for Tang.
"If Tang's popularity remains too low in March, we will not vote for him. Even if he is elected, it will not be favourable for him and Hong Kong." He added Tang would face difficulties forming an effective governing team given his low popularity.
Nevertheless, it's really up to Beijing to decide if Tang runs or not. And apparently he's been given the green light.
Perhaps Beijing wants to see Tang and Leung battle it out further, but really one of its choices is too embarrassing to represent this city.