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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Put Her Boyfriend on the Public Payroll? Rumors Swirl

On Friday morning, a remarkable screenshot surfaced on Twitter showing that Riley Roberts, the boyfriend of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), appears to have a congressional "staff" email address. A calendar invite lists his name, Ocasio-Cortez's congressional phone number, and the email address.

Luke Thompson, a podcast host and former staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), posted the photo on Twitter. "While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, [Ocasio-Cortez] 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."

Various outlets have reported that Riley Roberts, head of marketing at HomeBinding.com, is Ocasio-Cortez's squeeze. He attended her swearing-in and can be seen on the right side of the photo below.

Ocasio-Cortez shot down the insinuation but confirmed that the screenshot showing the email address is legitimate.

"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," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

"He’s not your spouse," Thompson shot back. "Is he being paid? At what level? It says 'staff' not spouse or boyfriend. 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?"

Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to these questions, nor did she respond to multiple requests for comment from PJ Media.

Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, responded, "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."