On Aug. 7, the student newspaper at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst reported that the state chapter of the College Democrats had disinvited Alex Morse, a congressional candidate and former guest lecturer at the university, from its future events, claiming “numerous incidents” of unwanted and inappropriate advances toward students.
Then messages were published by The Intercept showing that members of the College Democrats had discussed how they might damage Mr. Morse’s campaign, with one suggesting it might help his career prospects with Mr. Morse’s opponent, Representative Richard E. Neal, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Today, Mr. Morse is still in the race and says the allegations have only helped his campaign. And the allegations and their aftermath offer a case study in how progressives are navigating issues of sex and power in politics.
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