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Ward heeler

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Ward heeler: A ward heeler is an American urban political operative who works for a political party in a political ward, the smallest electoral subdivision of a city, usually in order to achieve an election result. A ward heeler may have controlling influence with a small clique in the ward organization. Often, ward heelers have been low-level operatives soliciting votes and performing campaign tasks on behalf of a political boss, including get-out-the-vote efforts, placing campaign signage, coordination of constituent support, etc. In many urban areas, ward heelers also serve as precinct captains.

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Google previewElections A to Z (2012)

by Dave Tarr, Bob Benenson

The term ward heeler is a somewhat derogatory name for rank-and-file party workers. It is derived from the practice of training a dog to follow obediently at the heels of its master. In the past more than today, ward heelers unquestioningly did ...

Google previewElections A-Z (2013)

by John Moore

The term ward heeler is a somewhat derogatory name for rank-and-file party workers. It is derived from the practice of training a dog to follow obediently at the heels of its master. In the past more than today, ward heelers unquestioningly did ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

ward heeler Political hack; hanger-on; hangdog politician. “As the crowd dispersed into the corridor,” The New York Times wrote in 1876, “a gentleman happened to say that the gang in the room was composed of Tammany 'heelers,' when a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Politics (2005)

The Left and the Right by Rodney P. Carlisle

ward heeler: a low- level political functionary in a ward. Award is a district of a city or town for administrative or voting purposes. “Heeler” is an allusion to a dog that obeys its master ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States Political Parties (2009)

by Harold F. Bass Jr.

WARD HEELER. A derogative term for a low-level political worker. See also HACK. WARHORSE. An experienced politician, one who has weathered many a tough campaign. The term was borrowed from military usage. WARREN, EARL.

Google previewDictionary of Civics and Government (1953)

by Marjorie Tallman

The "ward heeler" is the hanger-on who helps in these services. war horse: An experienced party leader who can be relied upon to campaign strenuously for the support of the party. warranty: Any material statement or assurance of ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

ward heeler A person who works for a political party within a particular ward. philosophy absolute Existing without depending in any way on other.

Google previewThe Concise Political Dictionary (2011)

BookCaps Study Guide by BookCaps Study Guides Staff

-noun- Crimes which are committed against prisoners of war or enemies which go against the international agreements or are offensive to humanity as a whole ward heeler [wahrd hee-ler] -noun- A member of a ...

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

hireling, underling; flunky, lackey; tool, puppet; accomplice; stooge, yes-man, ward heeler, errand boy (all sl.). See SERVANT, AGENT. henpecked,adj. hag-ridden; ...

Google previewThe New American Webster Handy College Dictionary (2006)

Includes Abbreviations, Geographical Names, Foreign Words and Phrases, Forms of Address, Weights and Measures, Signs and Symbols by Albert Morehead, Philip D. Morehead, Loy Morehead

ward heeler, (Informal) a minor political worker. -ward (ward) suf. forming adjectives and adverbs: in the direction of. Also, -wards (wardz) suf. forming adverbs. ward'en (wor'dan) n, t, a guard or guardian. 2, the chief officer of a prison. 3, the title ...

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