hatchet man

[hatchet man] {n.}, {colloquial} 1. A politician or newspapercolumnist whose job is to write and say unfavorable things about theopposition.

Bill Lerner is the hatchet man for the Mayor's Party;he smears all the other candidates regularly.

2. An executive officerin a firm whose job it is to fire superfluous personnel, cut back onthe budget, etc., in short, to do the necessary but unpleasant things.

The firm hired Cranhart to be hatchet man; his title is that ofExecutive Vice President.