He had a famous and long-standing feud with former Senator Vince Fumo. The political website PoliticsPA likened the relationship to the Hatfield-McCoy feud During the 2008 Democratic primary for the 1st senatorial district in the Pennsylvania Senate in Philadelphia, Dougherty was dealt a surprising defeat by Larry Farnese, who was heavily supported by Fumo. Following Dougherty's concession, Fumo was heard chanting "Doc is dead! Doc is dead!"
In 2003, he was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list of politically influential people in Pennsylvania. In 2003, he was named to the Pennsylvania Report “Power 75” List. In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the most influential Democrats in Pennsylvania.
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John J. Dougherty Business Manager
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- Barnes, Tom (April 13, 2008). "Area Democratic senators taking sides in race for veteran Vince Fumo's seat". Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
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- "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capitol Growth. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2006.
- Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08.
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