Adam C. Powell IV Sets His Sights On Congress, Again


In a phone conversation earlier
this week, Adam Powell revealed that his upcoming FEC report filing (July 15) will show that he has raised $100K towards his 2014 congressional bid for the Harlem/Bronx congressional seat now held by Rep. Charles Rangel. Powell, who endorsed Rangel in 2012, has had that congressional seat in his crosshairs before.

Adam believes that neither Rep. Rangel nor his favored and rumored successor ex-Gov. David Paterson will run in 2014.

About Paterson, Powell believes, “[Paterson] won’t have the fire in the belly and [only wanted] to put himself back in the headlines” when he hinted that he might run to succeed Rangel.

“If he ran, he wouldn’t be a shoo-in,” said Powell. Adding that Paterson “never faced a serious election or re-election challenge.” Powell pointed to Paterson’s special election “win” to succeed the late Leon Bogues, the subsequent absence of state senate re-election opposition, his selection as Spitzer’s LG, and then his happenstance rise to Governor as evidence of his gilded political career. “David Paterson has never had a serious challenge.”

Apparently, Powell (who is of African American and Puerto Rican heritage) believes that he and whatever Dominican challenger arises would pose serious challenges to a Paterson candidacy.

Powell’s campaign plan culminates with him winning the June 2014 congressional primary. “A lot of people think last year’s June primary was a one-off. The law sets a June primary for congress.”

Powell expects to raise another $100K or more by end of the next fundraising quarter (October 30).

Powell represented East Harlem and parts of Harlem in the City Council and the State Assembly. He left the State Assembly at the end of 2010 after unsuccessfully challenging Rep. Rangel.


In 2012, Powell reversed himself and endorsed an embattled Rangel (also of African American/Puerto Rican heritage), then being vigorously challenged by State Senator Adriano Espaillat in a contentious congressional primary.

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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2 Responses to Adam C. Powell IV Sets His Sights On Congress, Again

  1. says:

    Hey we should do his race

    Sent from my iPad


  2. says:

    Do you have his cell

    Sent from my iPad


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