Close Encounters of the Congressional Kind

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Republicans can be often heard talking about illegal aliens, but pretty soon there might be one in Congress with a personal experience of (legal) ones:

U.S. House candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has a long list of accomplishments to bolster her campaign in Florida. But she is perhaps best known for claiming that she was abducted by space aliens as a child.

Rodriguez Aguilera is a longshot in the race for the Miami-area seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Yet last weekend, the Miami Herald endorsed her for the GOP nomination in the Tuesday primary out of a field of nine candidates.

In an interview, she said she is grateful for the endorsement and that her tale of kidnapping by aliens does not define her.

She has said she witnessed paranormal activity since then and saw a UFO at 17. She also said she has been in touch with the aliens telepathically long after the abduction.

Even if it’s hard to believe there’s a starman waiting in the sky, Rodriguez Aguilera won’t back down.

“I stick to my guns when I believe in something,” she said.

For all that, Rodriguez Aguilera is still saner than many others in Congress. Unlike Bernie Sanders’s socialism, for example, Aguilera’s conviction that extraterrestrials look like Aryan Jesuses won’t actually do any harm to the United States of America.

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