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(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 administration. 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." 5.15.97 19,129