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Re(1): Mugwump
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From Collins:

mugwump
[ˈmʌɡˌwʌmp ]
n
US a neutral or independent person, esp in politics
etymology C19: from Algonquian: great chief, from mogki great + -omp man
ˈmugˌwumpery or ˈmugˌwumpism n
ˈmugˌwumpish adj

Oxford dictionary of English:

mugwump /ˈmʌgwʌmp /
▸ noun N. Amer. a person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics.
– ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Algonquian mugquomp ‘great chief’.

And interestingly from WordWeb dictionary (a free dictionary app):

Mugwump
Someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884
~ political leader, politician, politico

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