Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) insisted he will run for reelection this year, saying that Rep. David Obey's (D-Wis.) retirement has no bearing on his race.
"I've made my decision," Rangel told The Hill.
New York state assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV is challenging Rangel in the Democratic primary.
Rangel said that he will run for another term when reporters whether the news about Obey, the House Appropriations Committee chairman and 20-term House member, makes him think about leaving Congress.
"That’s a very, very good question, but I don’t know how to be more clear that each situation has to really depend on the individual," Rangel said.
"If this becomes a difficult job — believe me, none of us were drafted and there are plenty of people that are eligible and qualified to take our place," he added. "It's not one of these things where you look and see what someone else has done and think it impacts you."