MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Home candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has a protracted listing of accomplishments to bolster her marketing campaign in Florida. However she is probably greatest recognized for claiming that she was kidnapped by house aliens as a toddler.
Rodriguez Aguilera is a longshot within the race for the Miami-area seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. But final weekend, the Miami Herald endorsed her for the GOP nomination within the Tuesday major out of a area of 9 candidates.
In an interview, Rodriguez Aguilera stated she is grateful for the endorsement and that her story of kidnapping by aliens doesn’t outline her.
“It has nothing to do with what I’ve achieved. It occurred once I was 7 years previous,” she stated. “I’m so happy with the Herald and what they did.”
Rodriguez Aguilera says she was taken aboard a spaceship as a younger lady by blond extraterrestrials who resembled the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. She says they advised her that the “middle of the world’s power is Africa” and that 1000’s of non-human skulls had been as soon as found in a cave on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
She has stated she witnessed paranormal exercise since then and noticed a UFO at age 17. She additionally stated she has been in contact with the aliens telepathically lengthy after the kidnapping.
Even when it is laborious to imagine there is a starman ready within the sky, Rodriguez Aguilera will not again down.
“I follow my weapons once I imagine in one thing,” she stated.
In its Sunday editorial , the Herald reported that two of the main Republican candidates — former Miami-Dade commissioner Bruno Barreiro and Spanish-language tv journalist Maria Elvira Salazar — didn’t participate within the paper’s endorsement course of. And past Rodriguez Aguilera, the editorial discovered the remaining candidates unprepared or unqualified.
“We notice that Rodriguez Aguilera is an uncommon candidate,” the editorial famous, including that the paper was impressed along with her “boots-on-the-ground concepts and expertise.”
Rodriguez Aguilera is a former Metropolis Council member within the suburb of Doral who’s the daughter of a Cuban political prisoner. She beforehand was a social employee, ombudsman on the Miami-Dade county supervisor’s workplace and now runs a enterprise coaching ladies in different international locations the right way to run for political workplace.
“The theme of my marketing campaign is individuals above politics. I practice individuals all over the world about democracy,” she stated. “I’ve probably the most expertise. I can go in there and begin working simply as I’ve all my life.”
Whoever emerges from the GOP area Tuesday will face one among 5 Democratic candidates and the seat is taken into account one of many occasion’s greatest possibilities for a change from the GOP.
Polls present the chief on the Democratic facet is former Well being and Human Companies Secretary Donna Shalala, who was additionally president of the College of Miami and College of Wisconsin. The Herald, nevertheless, endorsed state Rep. David Richardson over Shalala.