AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The University of Massachusetts has retained a Boston attorney to conduct a review of allegations made against Holyoke Mayor and congressional candidate Alex Morse by the College Democrats of Massachusetts.
The review will be conducted by Natashia Tidwell, a partner at Saul Ewing Armstein & Lehr, which is based in Boston.
The College Democrats claimed that Morse had inappropriate relations with students at the University. The accusations were first reported late last week in the Daily Collegian, the student-run newspaper at the university.
This week, the Intercept reported that a UMass student knew the writer of the allegations wanted to get into politics through Congressman Richard Neal, whom Morse is challenging for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District. Morse himself has said that he believes the timing of the accusations, made just before the primary election, is suspicious.
The Neal campaign has denied being behind the accusations.
It is unclear how long the review will take, as no specific date has been set for completion.