Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a Congressional candidate in Miami, Florida, has an unusual candidate biography: She claims she was visited by aliens as a child.
The Miami Herald newspaper unearthed old interviews in which Aguilera described the supposed alien encounter.
Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, is running as a Republican for a seat vacated by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who retired. Her campaign website says, “Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is an entrepreneur, educator and community leader who has worked tirelessly to tackle South Florida’s most difficult challenges. With over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors, she has used her expertise to help thousands of local entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rodriguez Aguilera Claimed that Blond Aliens Visited Her at Age 7
The Miami Herald broke the bizarre story.
“Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life,” The Miami Herald reported that Rodriguez Aguilera once claimed in a 2009 television interview.
She also claimed that she traveled in the alien spaceship, the Herald reported.
“I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes,” she said, the newspaper reported.
She spoke about the alien encounter in two videos, “one by local Spanish-language station America TeVe and another by a political critic with the user name DoralGirl26,” according to The Herald.
2. Rodriguez Aguilera Brought up Ronald Reagan & Jimmy Carter When Asked About the Old Interviews
The Miami Herald approached Rodriguez Aguilera and asked the candidate about her old alien encounter interviews.
“For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone,” she said to the newspaper.
“I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.”
According to the Miami New Times, Rodriguez Aguilera is one of three candidates on the Republican side for the seat. “The two top candidates are Bruno Barreiro, the guy who masterminded the worst stadium deal in American history, and Raquel Regalado, who was caught claiming an illegal tax break before getting crushed by Carlos Gimenez in the county mayoral race,” the news site opined.
3. Rodriguez Aguilera Hasn’t Raised Much Money in the Race
The Miami New Times reported that Rodriguez Aguilera isn’t believed to have much of a chance at winning the congressional seat.
“She has raised only $4,900 so far, according to Federal Election Commission records,” the newspaper reported. In contrast, reports The Miami New Times, “Among the eight Democrats vying for the seat, former Knight Foundation program director Matt Haggman raked in more than a half-million bucks just in the third quarter; Barreiro has reported a shade over $200,000 so far in his campaign coffers.”
The Hill reported that the seat “will be tough for Republicans to retain in the blue-tilting district — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the district by 20 points in November after then-President Obama won it by 7 points in 2012.”
4. Rodriguez Aguilera’s Son-in-Law & Daughter Work in Prominent GOP Positions
According to the Hill, Rodriguez Aguilera isn’t the only member of the family tied to GOP politics.
“Rodriguez Aguilera’s son-in-law is Vice President Mike Pence’s deputy chief of staff, and her daughter is a former Hispanic outreach director for the Republican National Committee,” reported The Hill.
The Hill added that Rodriguez Aguilera herself is a former city councilwoman for Doral. Her campaign website says she was vice mayor.
5. Rodriguez Aguilera Has Developed Leadership Training Programs and Was an Economic Developer
Rodriguez Aguilera’s campaign website lists a series of mainstream accomplishments out of sorts with an alien encounter story.
“As the former economic developer and Vice Mayor for the City of Doral, Bettina helped the city become the #1 in the state and #2 in the nation in economic growth. For over two decades Bettina has worked in Miami-Dade county and municipal government aiding citizens cut red tape and get results. She has channeled her years of expertise to train individuals in over 19 countries on business and leadership, most recently training women of Libya on grassroots development and political participation,” the website reads.
“Bettina has dedicated most of her life to fighting for human rights, from speaking at the United Nations in Geneva to developing efforts to expand political freedoms, equal rights and ending human trafficking at home and abroad. A champion for women’s empowerment Bettina created leadership-training programs at Miami Dade College, the University of Miami and Marconi International University.”
Her campaign Twitter page has a single tweet. It dates to 2014 and reads, “This will destroy our country. Economically, Socially and Morally. Obama took no consideration of the Cuban leadership in USA or our laws.”