Last night, CBS3 aired the first interview with John Dougherty since the FBI raid of his office and others connected to him.
Much of the five-minute discussion with Ukee Washington focused on Dougherty’s biographical background but he did respond to critics of his conduct and style.
“I don’t believe I’m a bully,” he responded. “I believe I’m effective. I play with the tools. I don’t break any laws.”
Dougherty also stated that he did not know why the raid occurred although last month he suggested it was because of the union’s political success.
Washington finished by asking Dougherty how this whole saga will end.
“The facts are, if this is about me, then make it about me,” Dougherty stated. “The fact that people around me are being brought into this, that breaks my heart. I’ve been audited. I’ve been reviewed. I’ve been investigated in the past and all through this, recommendations have been made. I always change with the recommendations. We are part of the fabric of Philadelphia. We love Philly. I love Philly. Hey, look, it’s an awkward time, OK, but we’ll get through.”