Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera believes she was abducted by aliens as a child, but the Republican congressional candidate from Florida says the experience does not define her.
Rodriguez Aguilera also said she is grateful for the Miami Herald’s decision last week to endorse her for the Republican nomination, despite her unusual story.
> “It has nothing to do with what I have done. It happened when I was 7 years old,” she said. “I am so proud of the Herald and what they did.”
> Rodriguez Aguilera says she was taken aboard a spaceship as a young girl by blond extraterrestrials who resembled the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. She says they told her that the “center of the world’s energy is Africa” and that thousands of non-human skulls were once discovered in a cave on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
> She has said she witnessed paranormal activity since then and saw a UFO at age 17. She also said she has been in touch with the aliens telepathically long after the abduction.
Apart from her atypical experiences with otherworldly beings, Rodriguez Aguilera appears to have a solid history of earthly experience as well, which was the focus of the Miami Herald’s endorsement.
> Rodriguez Aguilera is a former City Council member in the suburb of Doral who is the daughter of a Cuban political prisoner. She previously was a social worker, ombudsman at the Miami-Dade county manager’s office and now runs a business training women in other countries how to run for political office.
> “The theme of my campaign is people above politics. I train people around the world about democracy,” she said. “I have the most experience. I can go in there and start working just as I have all my life.”
Rodriguez Aguilera is one of nine Republican candidates hoping to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.