What's a political operative?

When I think of a political operative I conjure an image of a figure slouched in the shadows, wearing a trench coat, with a brimmed hat pulled low over the face. So you must have been some kind of a spy? That's a very interesting occupation but it seems kind of dangerous to me. You don't look like the kind to carry a gun and pull karate moves like they show in movies. But one never knows. Anyway, sounds like a book in the making with movie rights.

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