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Kitchen Cabinet : Phrases


A group of unofficial, personal advisers to an elected official.


B.C. Premier's Gordon Campbell's kitchen cabinet at home looks more organized than this government's kitchen cabinet recommendations - especially in light of the public's reaction to his failed attempts at privatization of government crown corporations.


Dating from 1832, the original kitchen cabinet consisted of 3 friends of President Andrew Jackson who met with him frequently for private political discussions. They entered by the back door (perhaps through the kitchen) so as to avoid observation. This group of advisers were believed to have had more influence than Jackson's official Cabinet.

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