Rep. Richie Neal, D-MA-1, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, deserves a primary challenge for dragging his feet in requesting Trump’s tax returns, and his safe (D+12) district would probably elect whoever beat him in the primary. Except this guy:
In a letter to Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse on Thursday, the College Democrats of Massachusetts disavowed their groups from the progressive hopeful, alleging that Morse had inappropriate sexual relations with college students before and during his congressional campaign and used “his position of power for romantic or sexual gain.”
“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,” according to the letter, which was provided to the Massachusetts Daily Collegian by a source inside one of the student organizations.
The behavior in question centered on three issues:
The first issue alleges that Morse regularly matched with students on dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr, who were as young as 18 years old. These students included members of the College Democrats of Massachusetts, UMass Amherst Democrats and other groups in the state.
The second issue, “Using College Democrats events to meet college students and add them on Instagram, adding them to his ‘Close Friends’ story and DMing them, both of which have made young college students uncomfortable,” according to the letter.
“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,” the letter read.
The third issue: “Having sexual contact with college students, including at UMass Amherst, where he teaches, and the greater Five College Consortium.”
In a statement provided to the Daily Collegian Friday evening, Morse admitted to having “consensual adult relationships, including some with college students” and “apologized to anyone I have made feel uncomfortable.”
Morse was formerly a lecturer at U Mass Amherst and the only challenger to Neal. Better luck next cycle, I guess. This broke
yesterday Friday afternoon, so we’ll see what the Justice Democrats and WFP do about it in the next day or two. Dropping him like a hot potato would be the smart move here. We’ll see how smart they are.
(I initially posted the CNN version of this story, but I replaced it with the U Mass Daily Collegian version, which is better, and they broke the story.)