In the White House pecking order, Jones was a small fry, who wasn't exactly sitting in on cabinet meetings.
And yes, someone has already called Spencer a “small fry,” har har.
One cannot have an ecosystem with only “small fry” facing giants.
: This is small-change stuffnoun phrase
Something of little value: So I am now small change in Mamie's scorn (1902+)
[fr coins of small value]