machine politician

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Noun1.machine politician - a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public endsmachine politician - a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
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The book explores his role in state and national politics as a local machine politician who attempted to break free from this stereotype as he entered the national stage, examining his transformation from local and state politician to national leader, including his fall from power.
And Madigan is no worse for the wear after four years of withering criticism from Rauner as a corrupt machine politician whose self-interest tops the public interest.
A likeable machine politician, he has about as much in common with Jeremy Corbyn as a traffic cone does with a hot air balloon.
But, after the unexpected death of his mentor, the skillful machine politician and Labour Party leader John Smith, he was catapulted to the top, as though by divine right.
He became famous as a machine politician obsessed with internal party machinations.
They don't see her as a victim but as a relentlessly ambitious machine politician.
In Illinois, Cruz Paints Trump as a Machine Politician, by Patrick Svitek - Launching a daylong barnstorm of Illinois, U.S.
machine politician and, SPOILER ALERT, isn't ever really going to do anything radical.
Back in those days and even into the early 1980s, the UMWA had clout--the kind of clout that would rattle a Chicago machine politician. Today, the UMWA represents about 20,000 active miners (25% of the hourly coal mining workforce) and more than 100,000 retired miners and their dependents.
There's irony in the fact that Rahm Emanuel, the tough-guy aide to the President, now wants to be the successor to Chicago's Daley dynasty, because the first Daley was the ultimate '50s nice-guy machine politician. Daley would give you a smile along with a Thanksgiving turkey, but you had to reciprocate with a vote.
Herbert Morrison, Labour's most influential machine politician who captured the London County Council in 1934, would have been a better choice.