A Philadelphia councilman whose office was raided over the summer by the FBI is back to work.
City Councilman Bobby Henon was initially silent as he was approached in council chambers but after a few questions decided to speak a bit, saying he’s still on the job.
“My work in government hasn’t stopped, and my work in government I’m proud of, and my work in government will continue,” he said. “My office has been serving the 6th District and the city of Philadelphia.”
On Wednesday, Henon’s spokeswoman promised a full statement regarding the federal investigation involving Henon and others in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 before City Council has its first formal session of the fall. She would not elaborate.
Henon, a member of the electricians union Local 98 and the group’s former political director, has not said if he’s been interviewed by the FBI in connection with the investigation.
Henon issued a statement in advance of the first council session of the fall:
“I want to take a few minutes to answer some of the questions that you have had since August 5. Unfortunately, most of the questions are better directed toward law enforcement. Under the guidance of legal counsel, I will not speculate on the motivations behind this inquiry. But, I can tell you that to date, I have not been contacted by law enforcement nor to my knowledge has any member of my staff. I have encouraged my team to cooperate fully in this process. Lastly, I want to reassure the people of Philadelphia that my office has and will continue to serve them with great pride and dignity. Being a member of City Council carries the enormous responsibility of always putting the best interest of your constituents first – that is what I try to do everyday and always will.”
Disclosure: Electricians union Local 98 represents engineers at WHYY.