College Democrats have filed a complaint about US House candidate in Massachusetts, accusing him for having improper sexual contact with students while lecturing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Alex Morse, 31, a four-term mayor of Holyoke has said that yes he did have sex with students but it was all consensual. Morse is openly gay.
Even so, teachers having sex with a student is frowned upon or outright prohibited at most colleges and universities in the United States. He now admits that he may have stepped out of bounds on that and has apologized. He will be facing off with Rep. Richard Neal, the Democratic incumbent and chair of the House Ways and Means Committee in September.
Three Democratic student groups have canceled all appearances Morse was scheduled with them for. That could finish him in his quest to knock over the incumbent.
College Democrats wrote:
“We have heard countless stories of Morse adding students to his ‘Close Friends Story’ and Direct Messaging members of College Democrats on Instagram in a way that makes these students feel pressured to respond due to his status. Even if these scenarios are mutually consensual, the pattern of Morse using his platform and taking advantage of his position of power for romantic or sexual gain, specifically toward young students, is unacceptable.”
“As I’ve become more comfortable with myself and my sexuality, like any young, single, openly gay man, I have had consensual adult relationships, including some with college students. Navigating life as both a young gay man and an elected official can be difficult, but that doesn’t excuse poor judgment.”
Morse has been endorsed by the Justice Democrats, the Working Families Party, Indivisible and Sunrise Movement, Andrew Yang, and Jamaal Bowman.
An email sent Thursday and signed by College Democrats of Massachusetts, U-Mass.-Amherst Democrats, and Amherst College Democrats alleges Morse had “sexual contact” with students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he lectured on political science. The three groups disinvited Morse from all future events.
“Numerous incidents over the course of several years have shown that it is no longer appropriate to encourage interaction between College Democrats and Alex Morse,” they wrote.