Adam Clayton Powell IV said he’s seriously considering backing Rep. Charles Rangel’s re-election bid — two years after losing a nasty Democratic primary bid to unseat the four-decade incumbent.
“I’m thinking about it. I’m considering voting for Rangel,” said Powell, the former East Harlem state assemblyman whose legendary dad preceded Rangel as Harlem’s congressman.
During the heated 2010 race, Powell called Rangel “corrupt” and a “national disgrace” over the congressman’s ethics woes. Reminded of his comments then, Powell quipped, “Hey, he’s my crook.”
Powell, concluding that Rangel can’t be beaten, plans to run for the seat again in 2014 — when he expects his nemesis to finally retire.
Rangel is facing a spirited primary challenge this year from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who represents Washington Heights and Inwood.