(a) former Panther or not

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— The black radical, Stokely Carmichael, is giving a speech tonight at Bell's Nightingale. Carmichael is a former high-muckety-muck with the Black Panthers. (......) This Carmichael joker, former Panther or not, well, they say he is a damn good speaker, and so we don't want this Carmichael getting into the minds of the good black people here in Colorado Springs and stirring them up.
BlacKkKlansman, film

I think an indefinite article before "former" is implied, but it was omitted. Am I correct here?
Thank you.
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