An Unlikely Nominee

Bank teller, insurance agent, real estate salesman, magazine distributor. He has drifted through a string of jobs without ever making a career out of any of them. He is the owner and sole employee of a minority recruiting firm in Detroit, which has not placed a single employee this year. His company, called Bold Concepts, Inc., is not even listed in the telephone book. He is a stranger to the Detroit civil rights community, and his political career consists of winning a meager 5% of the vote in a congressional race in 1980.

So why is William Bell, 55, being nominated by...

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