April 12th, 2010
08:18 AM ET
4 years ago

A son seeks a political rematch

Atlanta (CNN) – Charles Rangel was first elected to Congress in 1970 after defeating Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a powerful lawmaker and civil rights icon in the Democratic primary. Forty years later, Rangel will face his son, Adam Clayton Powell IV, in the 2010 Democratic primary.

The younger Powell told CNN’s Don Lemon that he will officially announce his campaign Monday in Harlem. It will be a rematch as Powell lost to Rangel in the 1994 Democratic primary for the same seat. Powell, a New York assemblyman, denied he is motivated by revenge.

“I got that out of my chest in 94, the revenge, the settling the score … the reality is that if the congressman was not running I would still be just as enthusiastic about representing Harlem and Northern Manhattan in the United States Congress.”


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Rangel • Congress
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  1. Bridget

    If Adam Clayton Powell IV is the son of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., then where is Adam Clayton Powell III? Just curious. Never heard of these guys until just now.

    April 11, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Dennis in AZ

    Outstanding! Except for thepart about political family incest–I'm gratified that the incompetent Rep. Rangel is finally being challenged. Do we really need someone who cant figure out a tax form in-charge of Ways and Means? Actually, he probably doesn't have the ability to find a good accountant–I already know he has no concept of mathematics per the CBO. This is Change we could almost believe in, if it weren't overt malfeasance of the political process. And you wonder why people are cynical?

    April 11, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. John

    You know, I'm getting sick of this crap. Slavery is long gone and forever forgotten. Let it go and move on with your lives. We can't go back and change crap, so stop making it a big deal in every single part of life.

    Maybe I should keep complaining because we had to fight for our freedom back in 1776, but we don't dedicate a whole month to praise a whole nation. No, instead we give our whole nation 1 day on July 4th; however, we give the whole month of February dedicated to Black History.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's wrong with that picture.

    April 12, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  4. brady lawson

    What a surprise that some republicans would embrace the confederacy an slavery. Thats pretty much what you can expect from that party of bigots!

    April 12, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  5. Kathleen

    His son? They don't even have the same last name. What am I missing here?

    April 12, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. Biased

    Unless the good people of his district tolerate not paying your taxes or hiding large sums of money from your disclosure forms and having to step down from your leadership role, then Mr. Powell has a wonderful chance of representing the districts of Harlem and N. Manhatten.

    April 12, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  7. Dutch

    Harlem loves Charlie. Good luck trying to remove him.

    April 12, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Jud

    Does anyone realize that someone can answer one of the CNN polls as many times as they want to. I can sit here at my home computer and answer the same question a thousand times if I want to. Imagine if someone with an opposite opinion wants to slant the polls one way or another, they could get as many of their buddies as possible and sit all day and just answer the same poll question. Just a thought.

    April 12, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Dean

    I find it hard to believe that anyone could vote for a thief and racist like Charles Rangel for one term much less 40 years. No wonder our country is in its current shape.

    April 12, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Gary (I)

    Charlie Rangel is a disgrace. He lied to congress, he lied on his taxes. He has been a terrible house member and not trust worthy. He must have some good blackmail info on the Democrat leadership in congress because there is no other way that he has not gotten kicked out yet.

    April 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Bob in Pa.

    Somehow someone needs to get the crook Rangel out of office.

    April 12, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Generational black warfare in a hopeless niche of criminality.

    April 12, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |