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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It wasn't a smooth Friday for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

One of his candidates for the embattled county police board announced he's bowing out and the carpenters union says it will not support Dooley in a bid for re-election next year.

Five on Your Side's Mike Rush sat down with the county executive in what was, at times, a contentious exchange.

Rush: Does it concern you that..
Dooley: I'm going to say this again. Listen to what I'm saying.
Rush: I heard what you're saying, but you're not exactly answering what I'm asking.

Dooley: You're not listening to what I'm saying. I'm going to tell you what I'm ...

Rush: I'm going to listen real hard now.

Dooley: All right, listen real hard. There is no one organization or individuals that agree 100 percent of the time.

That was Charlie Dooley getting defensive as Mike Rush asked about longtime supporters who are now wavering.

The Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO says it may not back Dooley in next year's election because of his nomination of Dave Spence to the county police board, someone the organization sees as anti-union.

And the carpenters union has already decided its support of Dooley is over after the FBI investigation into the police board.

"There is no one that runs for office agrees with anybody 100 percent of the time," Dooley said.

Dooley claims the carpenters union and its executive secretary, Terry Nelson, have never supported him and are insignificant.

"He says a lot of crazy things and most people ignore him, exactly what I'm going to do," he said.


Rush reached out to Nelson for comment.
"If you've got ugly children, I'm going to tell you," said Nelson, referring to his penchant for being blunt and plain spoken.

Nelson says the message here is that the union, 24-thousand strong he says, will work to oust the county executive.

"We're one of the big boys and we're breathing down his throat. If I was sitting where he was at I would say ah, they don't mean nothing, they're just a bunch of wind.. Blah, blah, blah, blah," said Nelson.

Friday, one of Dooley's police board nominees, Pastor Freddy Clark said he is dropping out of consideration.

The five member board is currently two members shy and one is on the way out, some gone after St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Finch notified the FBI with concerns over construction contracts for a new crime lab.

Rush asked Dooley about speculation the chief could lose his job over it.

Rush: Will you try to get rid of the chief?

Dooley: Have I indicated as such?

Rush: No, but I'm asking you.

Dooley: I'm asking you have I indicated as such, what did I just say to you?

Rush: Well, I don't think you would tell me.

Dooley: Then why would you ask me that then if you don't think I would?

Rush; I mean, I don't think you would have previously told me.

Dooley: If you don't think I would tell you the truth, why would you ask me that question?

Rush: No, what I mean to say is that I don't think you would have previously told me without me asking, so now I'm asking are you trying to get rid of the chief?

Dooley: No.

Dooley says he supports Chief Fitch and as far as he's concerned, the chief's job is secure.

Rush reached out to Pastor Clark about why he is no longer interested in a position on the police board. He has not returned calls.

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