ward-heeler


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Synonyms for ward-heeler

a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

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By the 1950s, the old neighborhoods of face-to-face interaction -- with the parish priest, the nuns in the school, and local ward-heeler serving as immediate authority figures -- were giving way to a much less tightly controlled suburban ethos.
Fast-talking, speechifying, signifying MOVE members took turns baiting judges who seemed chosen for their irascibility, round red faces, ward-heeler cunning and comic ability to splutter.
Too many of the 15 council members talk about city unity when it fits their purposes, such as opposing Assemblywoman Paula Boland's bill for local self-determination, but otherwise they act as if they are ward-heelers at heart.
The emergence of conservative populism, beginning with the Goldwater presidential campaign, only strengthened Buckley's bonds with the liberals, since he stood apart from the hard-hats and ward-heelers who were starting to go Republican.