Days before his primary election against what is essentially the Democratic establishment, Alex Morse received a noteworthy endorsement.
Courage to Change, the political action committee led by U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has endorsed Morse, the young gay small-town mayor seeking to topple the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Richard Neal, Congressman to Massachusetts’ First District, is in a down to the wire finish against Morse, the Mayor of Holyoke, Mass.
Morse said he is proud to have the endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez, 30, the Latina Representative from the Bronx.
“When AOC took on an entrenched incumbent, she changed the Democratic Party for the better,” Morse tweeted. “It would be an honor to serve alongside her in Congress to fight for progressive change that benefits working families.”
Neal was first elected to Congress in 1989 — the same year Morse was born.
In challenging Neal, Morse has had to fight off rumors of his dating life and a smear campaign orchestrated under the auspices of the College Democrats of Massachusetts. In a podcast, Morse called the allegations, a “suspicious, vaguely timed attack on my campaign.”
“It shouldn’t be expected we forget about our personal lives to serve,” Morse said in a conversation with Massachusetts Senator Julian Cyr, on the Victory Fund broadcast.
Morse called the College Democrats’ attack an “old, tired homophobic troupe.”
The election is tomorrow, Sept. 1.