Like Father Like Son: Powell Challenging Rangel

Monday, Apr 12, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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Like Father Like Son: Powell Challenging Rangel

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NY State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, IV (left), and U.S. Congressman Charlie Rangel.

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The son of a legendary New York congressman announced Monday he will challenge Rep. Charles Rangel.

Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV told supporters 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 of his own. 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 said Rangel's ethics problems had no bearing on his decision to run.

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