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(212) 854-5573 May 15, 1997
(Editor's Note: Jefrey is correct)
Political Consultant Graduates In Off-Year Elections
What does a young political consultant do between elections?
For Jefrey Pollock, 25, whose clients past or present include an aspiring
mayor and New Jersey governor, three members of Congress, and President
Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, the political off-season has meant
studying politics and public policy at Columbia University's School of
International and Public Affairs. On Wednesday (May 21), after four years of
part-time graduate study, he will earn a master's degree in public
But he will not be away from campus for long. Next spring, he will return
to Columbia as an adjunct faculty member to teach a nuts-and-bolts course on
political campaign management.
Pollock is a partner in the Global Strategy Group, a Manhattan-based
political consulting and polling firm, which largely represents New York
metropolitan area Democrats. During the 1996 elections, he did polling for the
New York State Democratic Party and for Carolyn McCarthy, the Long Island
political novice who captured a seat in Congress.
Although she would later change parties, Mrs. McCarthy began her
campaign as a Republican. Pollock's decision to represent her was a departure
from his Democrats-only rule. But, like many voters, he was moved by Mrs.
McCarthy's demonstrated strength and composure following a commuter train
shooting rampage, in which her husband was killed and her son gravely
wounded. "Sometimes you just have to do the right thing," Pollock said. "She was
so credible as a candidate."
This year, Pollock is working for Michael Murphy, who is seeking the
Democratic gubernatorial nomination in New Jersey. Until he abandoned his
New York City mayoral run, he had also represented Bronx Borough President
Fernando Ferrer. "It's unfortunate," said Pollock. "But that's politics." In
addition, Pollock does weekly political commentary for the MSNBC network.
Pollock, who grew up in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. and is a graduate of
Germantown Academy, got his start in political polling while an undergraduate
at the University of Pennsylvania. He was tutored by Frank Luntz, then a faculty
member at Penn and a Republican political pollster. Pollock formed his own
Democratic firm soon after graduation in 1992. In addition to Representative
McCarthy, his congressional clients include Major Owens and Michael McNulty,
both New York Democrats.
Columbia Professor Robert Lieberman said Pollock is an example of the
kind of top-notch professional that Columbia's graduate programs attract. "Here
is someone who contributed so much to our discussion because he was so close to
the nitty gritty of a political campaign. It was great to be able to take advantage of
that in the classroom."