Maybe it's because (a) a Democrat will win this seat, so it's not a partisan issue; and (2) in his private life, Gary is a criminal defense lawyer who represents poor African-Americans accused by those saints of civil rights -- the Harris County and Houston law enforcement community and the Harris County district attorney's office.
Of course, Chris Bell, being a reliable plaintiff lawyer vote in Congress and having a rich, diverse background as a Amarillo TV reporter, surely makes him more in tune with African-American needs than the longtime NAACP chairman and activist who fought for Houstonians' civil rights while Chris Bell was doing the crop report in Randall County.
It still beats having a pest exterminator become Speaker of the House ... or is that just perfectly fine with you?
Do you think Al Green is running to put Tommy DeLay in the Speaker's chair? I just don't get your logic.