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carpetbagger

1. a politician who seeks public office in a locality where he has no real connections
2. US a Northern White who went to the South after the Civil War to profit from Reconstruction
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He is surrounded by the elements which unfortunately also do not have irreproachable credentials and are regarded as carpet baggers by the masses.
But we need to establish that our coastal strip is off limits to speculators and carpet baggers.
Indeed, the only people buying and selling houses here in Carmarthen, are existing house-holders moving home, newcomers from the moreaffluent parts of the UK, and the carpet baggers buying to let.
All the many members with my views are not carpet baggers or parasites.
Imran Khan and disgruntled and rejected political carpet baggers, have been unleashed to do the dirty job and they have done it with remarkable tenacity and meanness.
Is it not time that Government planning was strengthened to protect us from developers and carpet baggers seeking a quick profit on commercial and housing developments?
Carlton told viewers: "You might dismiss Jasmuheen as merely the latest in a colourful line of New Age carpet baggers.
Leek's membership seem likely to be more loyal to their board than those at the bigger societies like the Bradford & Bingley, where carpet baggers were much to the fore.
The society has "temporarily" suspended the opening of new accounts to stop carpet baggers.