In U.S. history a carpetbagger was a Northerner who moved to the South after the Civil War, especially during Reconstruction era (1865-1877), in order to profit from the instability and the power vacuum that existed at this time.
In modern usage in the United States, the term is used derisively to refer to a politician who runs for public office in an area where he or she does not have deep community ties, or has lived for only a short time.
Carpetbagging has become very popular in Manatee County; let's see if the voters care.
Mary Cantrell, Frank Brunner and Corie Holmes are today's carpetbaggers.
Never miss a local story.
Mary Cantrell moved from St. Petersburg to a school district in which she has never lived; Frank Brunner from his Palmetto homestead to a rental apartment, and Corie Holmes from Manatee County Commission District 1 where he ran last election to District 2 for this race. Three peas in a pod.
They may be legally qualified but violate the spirit and intent of the law. It will be interesting to see if the voters care. I do.