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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
An opportunistic outsider, especially a political candidate who contests election in an area while having little connection to it.
In the US, the term was applied to a Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War during the Reconstruction era. Such a person typically carried his belongings in a bag made of old carpet. Earliest documented use: 1868.
“Unlike many of the pro-establishment candidates who have spent years in their respective districts serving residents and neighborhoods with dedication, a number of opposition candidates are carpetbaggers, who suddenly appeared in a district just before election time.”
Not a Hard Choice; China Daily (Hong Kong); Nov 23, 2015.
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