Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV will reportedly kick off his campaign for Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel's seat this Monday. The Daily News reports that Powell, fresh off his driving while impaired conviction, will attempt to reclaim the spot his father held before Rangel beat him the 1970 primary. He said, "Charlie Rangel has a legacy. He spent 40 years in Congress, and he delivered for this community. But people are saying maybe it's time to turn the page."
Constituents may be looking to turn the page from Rangel's failure to pay taxes on his vacation home and a corporate sponsored trip to the Caribbean, violating House gift-giving rules. Last month, he "temporarily" stepped down from his post on the House Ways and Means Committee. However, Powell has issues of his own. After being pulled over on DWI charges for weaving on the West Side Highway in 2008, Powell blew a .07, just short of the legal limit. An officer on the scene said he blew an incomplete breath, which could have thrown off the score. He was also accused of sexual assault in 2004, back when he was still rocking this sweet mustache. A representative from Powell's office confirmed that he will be holding a press conference at 10 a.m. on Monday in Harlem.