He was told that he was a carpetbagger, but he desperately wanted to serve the people, as I do.
The two biggest hurdles executives entering politics face is being viewed as either a carpetbagger or egomaniac.
Bob Smith: unbalanced, inconstant, and even more of a carpetbagger than the other guy.
also carpet-bagger, 1868, American English, scornful appellation for Northerners who went South after the fall of the CSA seeking private gain or political advancement. The name is based on the image of men arriving with all their worldly goods in a big carpetbag. Sense later extended to any opportunist from out of the area.