Memories of Adam Clayton Powell

This week’s local primary runoff results remind me of a politician that I first met in the 1960s. In yesterday’s runoff, a local candidate won his party’s nomination for sheriff despite facing a 36 count criminal indictment. The local Georgia politician calls up memories of the late New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Powell often seemed to be in legal trouble, but time after time, his constituents from the Harlem district returned him to Washington. Powell once told me that others might regard him as an SOB, but the voters thought he was their SOB. Criminal charges and convictions or not, he represented them.

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