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FILE – Alexandria Acacia-Cortes, center, hugs campaign volunteer Riley Roberts the morning after her congressional election upset U.S. lawmaker Joe Crowley on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in New York City. A spokeswoman for Acacia-Cortes, New York, used her social media accounts to confirm her engagement to Roberts, a marketing specialist she met when they were both students at Baston University in 2011. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)
NEW YORK – U.S. MP Alexandria Acacia-Cortes said Thursday that she is engaged to her longtime partner Riley Roberts, a marketing specialist she met more than a decade ago when they were students at Boston University.
The couple got engaged last month in her family’s hometown of Puerto Rico, confirmed Democrat Congressman Insider and later in social networks. Roberts appeared in a 2018 political documentary in which he discussed his support for Acacia-Cortes ’career.
Acacia-Cortes, a former bartender from the Bronx who represents Queens, was the charismatic star of a “team” of progressive congressmen whose 2018 election helped bring the House back under Democratic control.
The 32-year-old self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist upset the powerful incumbent Democratic president Joe Crowley at that year’s primaries and easily defeated opponents in 2020, including former CNBC broadcaster Michel Caruso-Cabrera.
Together with US Senator Bernie Sanders, Acacia-Cortes tried to lead the Democratic Party, where she had long feared advancing: high taxes for the rich. Abolition of the Immigration Service. Offering “economic transformation” to combat climate change.
Sanders and Acacia-Cortes recently spoke in support of the organizers, who led a successful union campaign at Amazon in Staten Island, New York. She also supports a bill banning stock trading for members of Congress and their families.
Last November, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Arizona Republican Paul Gossar for publishing an animated video showing him killing Acacia-Cortes with a sword.
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