September 06, 2016 at 8:29 AM, updated September 06, 2016 at 8:32 AM
He may have the FBI breathing down his neck, but a defiant John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty says he has “no intention of blinking” in the face of an intensifying probe of him and the Philadelphia labor union he runs.
During a Labor Day gathering in Philadelphia on Monday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Dougherty told members of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that he’s “not comfortable” with the state and federal investigations of the union.
“I’m not happy about it. But I’m not running from it and nobody else should,” Dougherty said, according to The Inquirer. “It’s Labor Day. I want smiles.”
Last month, the FBI executed search warrants on IBEW’s Union Hall in Philadelphia, along with several houses and offices tied to Dougherty and his lieutenants. That includes Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, the union’s former political director, who is still on its payroll, The Inquirer reported at the time.
The FBI has also subpoenaed receipts and campaign finance records from the campaign committee of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney as a part of the probe, The Inquirer reported.
Kenney told the newspaper last month that he intended to comply with the request.