Green Endorsed by Adam Clayton Powell IV

Public advocate candidate Mark Green was endorsed today by Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV of Manhattan who, at one point, considered running for the office also.

“Whether you like him or not, everybody will agree that he was a good public advocate,” said Powell, at an event this afternoon on the City Hall steps that was attended by only three reporters.

I asked Green if he had any concerns about accepting the endorsement from Powell, who has had some run-ins with the law in the past.

“No,” said Green. “I’ve known Adam for a long time–like Adam. Admire his record and energy and hopeful he will get through any private other issues he has to deal with. But as a public official, he’s been re-elected because of his record and his performance for his community.”

On March 6, 2008, Powell was arrested in Manhattan for driving while intoxicated. And in July of 2004, the Manhattan district attorney’s office closed its investigation into an alleged incident involving Powell and a legislative intern without pressing charges.