Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to rumors claiming she hired her boyfriend
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refuted claims from the right wing that she hired her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, as part of her staff.
GOP strategist Luke Thompson accused congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, claiming that she has employed her boyfriend as staff, drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime.
He accompanied the tweet with a screenshot of what he said was the official email of Riley Roberts.
While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019
Shortly after he posted the tweet, the congresswoman replied, refuting his claims, stating that it’s typical for spouses of people in office to have access to their partner’s Google calendar.
In her words:
“Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time. Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.”
Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.
Luke countered, saying the designation is neither “spouse” nor “boyfriend” but “staff.” Then he asked if Riley is a government employee or a volunteer and the role for which he does government work.
He’s not your spouse. Is he being paid? At what level? It says “staff” not spouse or boyfriend.— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019
Furthermore he doesn’t appear to be in any groups and the House doesn’t use Google. Are you giving him access to your official calendar? Why does he have his own email address?
I’d also like to know, if he’s not a government employee, in what capacity he’s doing government work. Are you having campaign volunteers handle duties in your official office?— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019
To this, the congresswoman’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, replied:
“He's not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He's not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office. Check your damn facts before you report bullshit. Lazy journos need to learn to do their jobs.”
Quite a number of people have responded to both Luke Thompson’s tweet and the congresswoman’s reply to it. Some of them believe Luke’s argument is from an ignorant standpoint while others are of the opinion that the congresswoman isn’t being truthful.
One of the responses was that she could share her work calendar with him at his own email.
If you were telling the truth you would share you work calendar w him at his own email. The fact that he has an official .gov email means you have hired him or given a private citizen access to your gov issued email/cal. You are fibbing. We know.— BuckeyeGal (@BuckeyeGalOH) February 16, 2019
But another countered this, stating that using his personal email would amount to a security breach.
Didn't you learn anything from Hillary? You're not supposed to use personal emails. They're not secure. To share things from her official govt calendar, he would need a secure email to view it on. How is that even debatable right now?— CosmOmnipresent (@CosmOmnipresent) February 16, 2019
Alexandria’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, works in tech. This is the more reason why some believe that he could pose a security threat if given access to official resources.
Riley Roberts, AOC's boyfriend is proof the average guy sometimes punches way above his weight. pic.twitter.com/l0DfrR9F0T— J.R. McGrail 📎 (@JRMcGrail) February 15, 2019
This is not the first time the congresswoman has lashed out at people spreading "rumors" about her. It was earlier reported that she called a GOP "intellectually bankrupt" after he claimed that she had been evicted from her apartment twice and had a bad credit rating.