Should "and follow" be between commas in the following sentence?

"A person must pledge allegiance to and follow him."

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Your example is a RNR (Right Node Raising) construction. The analysis is disputed, but Postal and, following him, Ross, propose a structure:

    A person must [pledge allegiance to [GAP]] and [follow [GAP]] him.

Since GAPs generally cause intonation breaks ("comma" intonation), then, yes, there should be commas where the gaps are.

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