A fight is brewing within City Council, as some members work out a plan to oust Bobby Henon as their majority leader. Henon, you may recall, is fighting federal corruption indictment involving John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty’s electricians union. Across the river, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who was elected to Congress in a previously Republican district, is expected to break ranks and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump.

City Councilman Bobby Henon stands during a City Council meeting at City Hall in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.
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City Councilman Bobby Henon stands during a City Council meeting at City Hall in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

Council members have struck a deal in an attempt to oust Councilman Bobby Henon as majority leader while he fights a federal corruption indictment. Henon has pleaded not guilty in the case involving corruption in the Electricians union.

Council members Cherelle L. Parker and Curtis Jones Jr. have been challenging Henon for his post, but neither has been able to secure the eight votes needed to win. So Parker and Jones have agreed to an arrangement they hope will clear the way for Henon’s removal.

Henon said Thursday that his approach to the leadership race will not change.

It turns out President Donald Trump is not alone on the political hot seat of impeachment. New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew is feeling the heat as well.

Van Drew was one of just two House Democrats to vote against the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. A final House vote on articles of impeachment looms ahead of Christmas. So, what will he do this time?

For now, he’s vowing to vote no again. He argues that impeachment is tearing the country apart and voters should be the ones who decide Trump’s fate. Van Drew’s district is known for its conservative leanings, but the Atlantic County Democratic chairman is imploring Van Drew to think about the priorities of his party.

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