Young, openly gay, far-left progressive Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts is challenging longtime incumbent Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) in a primary election on Sept. 1, but his chance at an upset victory may have just vanished into thin air.
Mayor Morse was, up until 2019, an adjunct professor of government and politics at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and he now stands accused by members of several area College Democrats chapters of exploiting his position “for romantic or sexual gain” with young students, Fox News reported.
Candidate stands accused
The scandalous accusation was contained in a joint letter sent by the College Democrats of Massachusetts, UMass–Amherst Democrats, and the Amherst College Democrats in which it was alleged that Morse engaged in “sexual contact” with younger students while he was serving as a professor.
Notably, the three groups have all disinvited Morse from attending any group functions in the future, and they are actively discouraging any member of the College Democrats organization from interacting with Morse in any way.
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian reported that the letter from the College Democrats groups focused on three key issues that deemed problematic with regard to Morse and his interactions with students.
The first issue identified was the fact that 31-year-old Morse had, on a regular basis, matched himself with students on dating apps, some as young as 18 years of age. The second problem had to do with Morse’s practice of adding young students as “Close Friends” on his Instagram account and sending them private direct messages “in a way that makes these students feel pressured to respond due to his status.”
The third, and arguably most important problem was quite simple — namely, “Having sexual contact with college students, including at UMass Amherst, where he teaches, and the greater Five College Consortium.”
Morse expresses regret
For what it is worth, Morse issued a statement to the Daily Collegian on Friday attempting to offer an explanation for his actions while at the same time claiming that he “apologized to anyone I have made feel uncomfortable.”
“I want to be clear that every relationship I’ve had has been consensual. However, I also recognize that I have to be cognizant of my position of power,” Morse said and proceeded to express his willingness to meet with anyone, even his accusers in the College Democrats, and address their concerns.
“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,” he admitted. “Navigating life as both a young gay man and an elected official can be difficult, but that doesn’t excuse poor judgment.”
However, a college professor engaging in sexual contact with young students is more than just “poor judgment” — and Morse’s status as a gay may does not coner any sort of absolution for his actions. He very clearly exploited a position of power and authority over students who felt compelled to abide by his desires in order to further their academic careers.
What Morse has admittedly done was indisputably wrong and abusive, and if he had any sense of shame he would withdraw from the congressional race and resign his office in disgrace.