A new scandal has surfaced in Massachusetts over a collegiate Democrat group who reportedly tried to derail the congressional campaign of Mayor Alex Morse (D).
The College Democrats of Massachusetts issued an explanation to its members Saturday night, and at least two of its leaders have resigned since the details came to light.
According to a report from Breitbart, the College Democrats had sent a letter to Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse informing him that he was no longer welcome at events due to alleged “inappropriate sexual relations” with UMass students.
The affair drew national headlines after the letter was leaked to the student newspaper of the University of Massachusetts and published on August 7. Morse quickly issued a statement denying the allegations, though he acknowledged that some students might have “felt uncomfortable in interactions they had with” him.
Morse is challenging a longtime Democrat incumbent for a House seat and has already been endorsed by progressives like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). The incumbent, Rep. Richard Neal, has the backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — more evidence of the power struggle between progressives and the establishment within the party.
According to reporting by The Intercept, this attack against Morse has been in the works since October 2019, which came to light when communications by the student organization were revealed that stated they had hoped to use Morse’s dating habits to help keep Neal in office.
Resignations are in
After the story broke, it was not long before several leaders of the College Democrats stepped down over their role in the attack against Morse, the Intercept’s Ryan Grim reported on Twitter.
In other #MA01 news, the Umass Amherst College Dem president, as well as the former president who was now “chief strategies,” have both resigned. Other leadership figures also resigning.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) August 28, 2020
UMass Amherst College Democrats’ executive board has since released a statement on the controversy on Saturday.
The current UMass Amherst Democrats eboard released a statement to our membership last night, holding ourselves accountable for the events of the past couple weeks. Read it below: pic.twitter.com/ZGUiEXdkfb
— UMass Democrats (@UMassDems) August 29, 2020
The attacks, however, appear to have helped Morse.
He was previously not considered a serious threat to Neal, but according to recent polls, Breitbart reports that Morse is now within striking distance and continues to rise in polling.