A Florida politician running for Congress has at least one thing her opponents most likely don’t — and that’s experience with alien abductions.
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is gunning for a Miami House seat, currently held by outgoing Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and while Rodriguez Aguilera's credentials include admirable positions like social worker and ombudsman, citizens may perhaps be most surprised to learn that she believes that, while still a child, extraterrestrials traveled to Earth and kidnapped her.
Rodriguez Aguilera first revealed in a 2009 television interview her belief that she’d been taken aboard a spaceship by blond-haired alien beings when she was just 7 years old, according to The Hill.
Rodriguez Aguilera said that the beings resembled Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue — and she claimed she still had a telepathic connection with the fair-haired space creatures.
But Rodriguez Aguilera — who was recently granted an endorsement from the Miami Herald for the GOP nomination, beating out a group of other candidates hoping to earn the newspaper's support — told reporters that she doesn’t want her otherworldly experiences to define her.
“It has nothing to do with what I have done. It happened when I was 7 years old,” she told the AP. “I am so proud of the Herald and what they did.”
In a report published Sunday, the Herald acknowledged the possible controversy their choice could cause.
“We realize that Rodriguez Aguilera is an unusual candidate,” wrote the paper's editorial board, which also agreed with Rodriquez Aguilera's assertion that her alleged extraterrestrial experiences were a “non-issue,” pointing instead to her experience as an activist, businesswoman, and politician.
The publication did note, however, that two Republican candidates who were considered “front-runners” opted not to participate in their interview and endorsement process.
The winner of the GOP primary, which is set for next week, will advance to square off against one of the five democratic candidates vying for the congressional seat.
[Photo: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is in the running to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress in 2018. By Roberto Koltun/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images]