Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex Morse (D) said Sunday he would stay in his main race in Congress against rap. Richard E. Neal (D-Massachusetts) amid an investigation by the University of Massachusetts into allegations that Morse had sex with students while teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Morse has denied ever using his position as mayor or teacher to take advantage of students.
“I want to be very clear about that. I have never in my entire life had a dissenting sexual encounter with anyone. “I have never used my position in power as mayor and UMass teacher for romantic or sexual gain or to take advantage of students,”
“While I am confident that a full investigation into these issues will clear my name completely of any unethical behavior, I also acknowledge that some students felt uncomfortable with the interactions they had with me. I’m sorry about that, “he added.
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– Alex Morse (@AlexBMorse) August 10, 2020
Morse emphasized his remarks about staying in the race, saying it was “unfortunate that these allegations came three weeks before the primary, as there is not enough time for UMass to conduct an independent review” before the election.
Morse has been teaching a course in urban governance and politics for several semesters for five years, most recently teaching at the school in the fall semester of 2019.
For three weeks, he was accused by three groups of college Democrats of using his position to force students to have sex, according to numerous reports. The group made the allegations in a letter first received by the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.
The university said in a statement on Saturday that it had launched an investigation to determine whether Morse’s actions violated Title IX.