Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has made a name for herself in Florida politics throughout her career, but now she's making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The 59-year-old entrepreneur served as a councilwoman in Doral City, and has started her own political dynasty. Aguilera's son-in-law is Vice President Pence's deputy chief of staff, and her daughter is the former Hispanic outreach director for the Republican National Committee.
But in the tight race for a retiring congresswoman's seat, Aguilera's personal views are attracting more attention than her political stances. That's because of a pair of TV interviews where Aguilera claimed she was contacted by aliens twice have been going viral.
On a 2009 episode of Experiencias Extradimensionales (Extradimensional Experiences) Aguilera recounts a story of being telepathically contacted by aliens and invited into their spaceship as a 7-year-old.
Aguilera described the aliens as blonde beings - one male and two female - with large bodies that reminded her of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. She also mentions warnings the aliens shared with her, including one about ISIS.
As her claims attract more attention, Aguilera has issued a statement on her UFO claims...
Aguilera originally claimed that the aliens took her into their spaceship and taught her secrets.
She said that they revealed a secret cave on the island of Malta filled with 30,000 skulls to her, along with the fact that "God is universal energy" and "there is just one." Aguilera also claimed that the Coral Castle landmark in Florida is really an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
In the interview, Aguilera says she was returned safe and sound after a ride in the alien spaceship, and then visited by them again at age 17. But as reporters asked about the abduction this week Aguilera was reluctant to confirm she met aliens in person.
"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 in a statement.
To be fair, there are lots of believers out there, and Aguilera's story could give her an edge over her scandal-plagued opponents.
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[H/T: Fox News]