Finley: Wayne County Cronyism Can be Traced to Duggan and McNamara
Duggan has a bit of a Teflon coating, never getting tagged with the shenanigans of the McNamara band. He also is considered an executive wizard, despite the DMC's financial struggles before its acquisition by Vanguard. So he starts the race with very few negatives, beyond his skin color.
One is entitled to change one's mind, I suppose.