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ward heeler

n. Informal
A worker for the ward organization of a political machine.
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ward heeler

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) politics derogatory US a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political boss. Also called: heeler
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ward′ heel`er



n.
a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss.
[1885–90, Amer.]
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ward heeler

A person who works for a political party within a particular ward.
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Translations

ward heeler

n (US Pol sl) → Handlanger(in) m(f) (inf)
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National problems called for national solutions, and so federal bureaucrats would dole out the help that Tammany ward heelers once gave to their voters.
Gradually, specialists in mass media and polling began to replace the old political bosses and ward heelers. Campaign PR was mostly handled by the large advertising firms.
Roosevelt and LaGuardia managed to implant "a cohort of technical experts committed to expanding the scope of the public sector." Rather than empowering ward heelers, a professional civil service under the tutelage of urban planner Robert Moses would direct the provision of services.
A bumbling approach to politics is bad enough--and some of the bishops come off as old-time ward heelers, and incompetent ones at that.
The alleged "good government" rationale for Ballot Security Group scrutiny of blacks who requested assistance was to prevent ward heelers from entering the polling booths and manipulating the vote.
He was a political operator par excellence, who used a combination of political sticks and carrots, wielded through an immense local machine to satisfy the 50 Aldermen of the City Council and their ward heelers, to maintain power.
has his way, churches in the United States will become precinct stations and its clergy, ward heelers. Introduced into the House last June and now heading for hearings in the House Ways and Means Committee, the "Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act" (H.R.
TV rotted the brains of our young or wiped out the old ward heelers who knocked on doors and talked with real people.
In Machine politics: Chicago model, the opening move in the behavioral revolution was cloaked in an absorbing account of party bosses, ward heelers, mob aldermen, political fixers, and intense interest in seats on the Sanitary District board.
In short, Ralph Reed has established an undeniable pattern of deception and chicanery that would make the ward heelers and precinct bosses of yesteryear blush.
Of course, this idea requires that individual schools be given greater autonomy - a change that would enable the boards to act as true policy boards, not the ward heelers that they have become in too many districts.