The decision of New York governor Kathy Hochul to retain the services of Jefrey Pollock, a pollster-strategist for her re-election campaign who served as a secret adviser helping Andrew Cuomo fight sexual harassment accusations earlier this year has been criticized by certain groups.
Lindsey Boylan one of the alleged victims of Cuomo hit Hochul for retaining Pollock as her campaign pollster strategist.
“Jefrey Pollock was an integral part of the team that helped smear me and other women who came forward. Someone who has exhibited such poor ethics should not be rewarded by our new governor,” Boylan said.
Aside from Boylan, the advocates for harassment victims also rapped Hochul for including Pollock on her campaign team.
“I don’t believe Gov. Hochul should retain anyone who helped Cuomo try to circumvent accountability,” said Eric Vladimer of the Sexual Harassment Working Group.
“There are a lot of pollsters that Hochul’s team can work with aside from Global Strategy,” Vladimer added.
Earlier, a spokesperson for the Hochul campaign confirmed that Pollock and his Global Strategy Group is working on her campaign and has advised her since her first run for Congress in 2011.
Sources said Pollock had been the chief pollster for Cuomo’s campaigns which paid the Global Strategy Group, where he serves as president, more than $700,000 for services since 2017, state Board of Elections show.