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.”