Charlie Rangel isn’t surprised by Adam Clayton Powell IV’s announcementTuesday that he will run to succeed Rangel, who plans to retire after his current term ends in 2016.

“I don’t remember a time Adam Clayton Powell wasn’t running,” the longtime Harlem Rep. quipped in an interview Tuesday night after President Obama’s State of the Union address.“He always wanted succeed his father,” Rangel said, referring to legendary Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who Rangel defeated in 1970.

“He’s invested a lot of time in public service,” Rangel continued. “As have many other public officials that served our community, and served it well. I think this will be a great opportunity [to see if] candidates can actually get support from the diversified community that I’ve had the privilege of serving for close to half a century.”“So if names were mentioned as to who would succeed me, it doesn’t surprise me that Adam Clayton Powell’s name would be included,” Rangel said.

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