Carpetbagger meaning

kär'pĭt-băg'ər
A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
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An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.
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Any of the Northern politicians or adventurers who went South to take advantage of unsettled conditions after the Civil War.
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Any politician, promoter, etc. from the outside whose influence is resented.
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(politics, history, chiefly US) An immigrant from the Northern to the Southern States after the American Civil War of 1861–5, especially one who went South to gain political influence; hence, someone intervening in the politics of an area with which they are thought to have no real connection.

Though he lived and worked in Los Angeles for sixteen years, the candidate for Attorney General is no carpetbagger; he was born and raised in this state and graduated from the state university.

He's just a carpetbagger who was surprised to find that Southerns are not like the cast of The Dukes of Hazzard or Deliverance.

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(pejorative, by extension) One who comes to a place or organisation with which they have no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.
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Origin of carpetbagger

So called because they carried their belongings in carpetbags