A week after pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges, City Councilman Bobby Henon returned to Council chambers Thursday, saying he won’t surrender his post as majority leader and plans to run for reelection this year as he defends himself in court.
“I have done nothing wrong and I continue to serve this caucus as majority leader. I am not stepping down. … Nobody has asked me to step down.”
Henon discussed his political future but would not answer questions about any of the allegations in last week’s indictment. Federal prosecutors accused Henon of working as a puppet of labor leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, misusing his Council seat.
In addition to Henon and Dougherty, six other members and allies of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were charged with fraud, bribery, embezzlement, or related counts..
Henon has held his $140,000-a-year Council job while being paid more than $73,000 annually by Local 98 for what federal officials described as a no-show job. Asked if he would give up the union post, Henon said he’s always disclosed his two jobs.