Famed Harlem Congressman's Son to Challenge Rangel
April 12, 2010 - 11:25 AMThe son of a legendary New York congressman has announced he will challenge Rep. Charles Rangel.
Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV told supporters Monday it was time for new leadership in the district, which covers the heart of the city's Harlem neighborhood.
Powell's late father, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., represented the district from 1944 until 1970. He lost his seat to Rangel amid allegations he had misused congressional funds.
Rangel is now under an ethical cloud himself. He stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee last month after being admonished by a congressional ethics panel for taking corporate trips to the Caribbean in violation of House rules.
The younger Powell says Rangel's ethics problems had no bearing on his decision to run.
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