Mayor Alex Morse: Timing of allegations “highly suspicious”

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – There have been new developments in the allegations against Holyoke Mayor Morse regarding relations with college students.

On Wednesday, The Intercept reported that the allegations against Mayor Morse may have direct ties to Congressman Neal’s campaign, Morse said Thursday that’s no coincidence.

Congressman Neal has denied any connection to the timing or release of the allegations against Mayor Morse.

The Intercept reported that a UMass student knew the writer of the allegations wanted to get into politics through Congressman Neal who was the student’s former teacher.

The College Democrats at UMass claim that Mayor Morse had inappropriate relations with students at the university but none that were his actual students while he was a lecturer at the school. UMass’s policy only prohibits relationships between faculty if there is a teaching or supervisory relationship.

“I believe it’s highly suspicious that this story emerged three weeks before the primary election. I will let the public, the voters and residents of here in the district come to their own conclusions as more information seems to come to light.”

Alex Morse, Holyoke Mayor

UMass launched an investigation which Mayor Morse says he is fully cooperating with. The College Democrats have not released any evidence of the alleged inappropriate communications they claim Morse had with students.

Mayor Morse says his campaign has not been in contact with Neal’s since the allegations surfaced.

This was the first press event Alex Morse, candidate for Congress (MA-01), has held since the recent allegations.

On Wednesday, Holyoke City Councilor Mike Sullivan told 22News he is filing an order to allow for the recall of Mayor Morse. On the same day, Morse tweeted that he had the “best fundraising day” of his campaign so far.

A national organization that advocates for LGBTQ leaders in public office are condemning what it calls a homophobic statement by Holyoke City Councilor Mike Sullivan.

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