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On January 13, the Cambridge Democratic City Committee met to discuss a resolution calling for the resignation of Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. The resolution was an attempt to reckon with the state party’s complicity last summer in the release of allegations against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse — who was running against U.S. Rep. Richard Neal in a primary for his congressional seat — pertaining to his time as an adjunct professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The allegations were vague and did not include any behavior that violated the law or UMass policy, merely suggesting that Morse had had consensual relationships with adult students. The proposed resolution charged Bickford with “aiding and abetting an attack on a LGBTQ candidate.” But the vote turned ugly as one member, who said he forgot his mic was on, used an anti-gay slur against Dan Totten, one of the members arguing for the resolution. Totten joins Ryan Grim to discuss the incident; Grim then speaks to attorney Jim Roosevelt, a Democratic Party official who played a role in last summer’s allegations and was also at the Cambridge Dems meeting.
Transcript coming soon.
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