Powell vs. Rangel: Testy Remake After 40 Years

August 30, 2010  |  

(NYT) — About 30 years ago, Representative Charles B. Rangel invited a 19-year-old summer intern named Adam Clayton Powell IV into his office at the United States Capitol for an emotional conversation: He had run a bruising primary campaign in 1970 to unseat Mr. Powell’s father, he acknowledged, ending the career of a celebrated Harlem politician.

But that bitter past, he said, did not have to poison their relationship. Mr. Rangel pledged to take Mr. Powell under his wing, and to introduce him to the titans of the House, like Dan Rostenkowski and Harold E. Ford Sr.

“He was trying to excuse, or apologize — that is the better word — to apologize for taking my dad out,” Mr. Powell recalled.

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