BOSTON, MA — (08-10-20) — Openly gay democratic house candidate Alex Morse from Massachusetts, apologized last Friday after a prominent college group accused him of having inappropriate contact with his students.
Alex Morse, the youngest and first openly gay mayor of Holyoke at the age of 22 when he was elected in 2011, now faces a major scandal during his campaign for Congress.
The openly gay mayor of Holyoke, MA since 2012, “used his position of power for romantic or sexual gain,” according to the College Democrats of Massachusetts. The scandal first broke by The Massachusetts Daily Collegian last Thursday.
The College Democrats of Massachusetts group accused Morse, now 31, of regularly hooking up on dating apps with college students and having sexual contact with students as young as 18 years-old at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he taught classes.
“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,” the group, which has 25 chapters across the state, wrote in its letter.
However a huge amount of supporters on Twitter, noted that the known allegations against Alex Morse involved consensual sex between adults and accused the College Democrats of Massachusetts of weaponizing the mayor’s sexual activities for political purposes.
In a statement, Morse acknowledged having had “consensual adult relationships” with several college students and apologized to anyone he may have offended.
My statement on the last 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/2RU5ht6jZ8
— Alex Morse (@AlexBMorse) August 10, 2020
“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,” said Morse said in response to the allegations.
Morse added: “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.”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced on Saturday that they are now reviewing the allegations. They further added that it has no plans to rehire Morse, who worked as an instructor between 2014 and fall 2019.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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