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A person who rises, undeservedly, to a position of authority, usually as a result of another's demise. Also know as a Paterson.

Jeff: You see the guy taking over for Spitzer as our Governor?
Pete: What's his name?
Jeff: I don't know, but he's a total Gerry Ford.

Can also be used as a verb.
by The Cooker March 13, 2008
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