*(Via Washington Post)– Forty years ago, a Harlem political legend named Adam Clayton Powell Jr. refused to step down from his House seat in the face of an ethics scandal. Rather than allowing Powell to retire on his own time, an ambitious New York assemblyman took on the incumbent — and won.
Now the onetime assemblyman, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), finds himself charged with 13 violations of ethics rules of the House of Representatives. He is being challenged by a state assemblyman named Adam Clayton Powell IV, the youngest son of the man Rangel vanquished in 1970.
There is, suffice it to say, no shortage of irony to the contest.
“We were trying to be respectful and see if he would do the right thing and retire,” Powell said in an interview. “Now I’m the one who is going to take Rangel out.”
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