Mehmet Oz, former Sen. Hillary Clinton, Herschel Walker, and former President John F. Kennedy are among the notable political candidates accused of “carpetbagging.”

The 2022 primaries are rife with accusations of carpetbagging. 
Throughout history, some politicians got away with parachuting into a new state, while others weren’t so lucky. 
Notable politicians such as former Sen. Hillary Clinton and the late Sen. John McCain are among them.

When Mehmet Oz left his New Jersey mansion to cross the Delaware River into Pennsylvania, he joined the ranks of “carpetbaggers” who sought their political fortunes outside of their home states. 

Welcome to America, where political carpetbagging has become a tradition and a common political sin. 

Coined during Reconstruction, the era following the Civil War, the term “carpetbagger” referred to Northerners moving to the South after the war to seek political power and fortune by exploiting the unstable postwar situation. Today, the term is usually used to describe a political candidate who runs for office shortly after moving to the location where he or she is running. 

A number of 2022 congressional elections, including Oz’s Senate race in the Keystone State, have generated questions on residency. 

Here are 15 notable politicians, past and present, who have been accused of carpetbagging: 

James Shields

Shields, a Democratic senator most active during the mid- to late-1800s, is the “king of carpetbagging.” He was the first senator who served for three states. 

The Irish-born nephew of an Ohio congressman, Shields first became a senator from Illinois. Then when six years later he was defeated for reelection, he moved to Minnesota, where he helped establish communities for poor Irish immigrants. He subsequently became a senator from Minnesota, and, upon losing his reelection bid, moved to California. After serving in the Civil War, Shields moved yet again, this time to Missouri. 

The Union army general, 73 at the time, was elected in an 1879 special election to fill out the term of Sen. Lewis V. Bogy of Missouri, who had died. Shields did not seek a term of his own, and after serving three months, died later that year.

Shields remains the only person in US history to represent three different states in the US Senate.

John F. Kennedy

One of the most iconic US presidents to date, Kennedy started his political career representing Massachusetts’ 11th Congressional District in the House, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


From Dr. Oz to Hillary Clinton, a tour of ‘carpetbagging’ politicians past and present

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