Twitter temporarily banned a user who tweeted on Friday that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “put her boyfriend on staff,” posting a screenshot of publicly available information showing that Riley Roberts has a “mail.house.gov” email address and is listed as “staff.”
Luke Thompson – vice president at Republican analytics firm Applecart, received a notice from Twitter that his account had been suspended for “violating our rules against posting private information,” and would only be reinstated if he deleted the tweet.
is now deleted appears to have been restored, and Thompson continues to post.
Responding to Thompson, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.”
Thompson replied: “He’s not your spouse. Is he being paid? At what level? It says “staff” not spouse or boyfriend. ,” adding “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?”
AOC’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti (who authored the “Green New Deal” FAQ) chimed in, telling Thompson: “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.”
To which Thompson replied: “You’re both lying,” posting a link to a tweet in which a “friend from inside the House” screenshot what appears to be Roberts’ involvement in AOC’s office:
Others chimed in, noting that the only people who are allowed to have House email access are “House of Representative Members, Officers, Employees, Fellows, Interns and Contractors who have received permission under the appropriate Hiring Authority.” There is no mention of spouses or family.
So it appears that either AOC violated the rules of the House in order to give her boyfriend access to her calandar, or she and her Chief of Staff are lying about Roberts’ employment status.
Update: Meanwhile, it appears Thompson has been granted access to his Twitter account.