The two biggest hurdles executives entering politics face is being viewed as either a carpetbagger or egomaniac.
He was told that he was a carpetbagger, but he desperately wanted to serve the people, as I do.
Bob Smith: unbalanced, inconstant, and even more of a carpetbagger than the other guy.
The charge of corruption laid at the door of the Negro carpetbagger governments is to a large extent true.
We'll hang the little Scalawag on the south side and the carpetbagger on the north.
"You'll go down, all right—without those troops—mark my word," cried the carpetbagger.
But most Southerners preferred the rule of the army to the alternative reign of the carpetbagger, scalawag, and Negro.
Generally they came two together, arm in arm, a carpetbagger and a negro in close confab.
The carpetbagger had found that he could control the Negro without the help of the scalawag.
In vain his carpetbagger lieutenant congratulated him on the success of his Napoleonic move.
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.