Congress has had members who have flown into space. Harrison Schmitt, the Apollo 17 moonwalker, served one term in the Senate. Jake Garn, then a senator, and Bill Nelson, then a congressman and now a senator, flew on the space shuttle in the 1980s. However, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a Republican candidate for a House seat in Florida, may be the first candidate for a major party to claim to have ridden on an alien spaceship as an abductee.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera’s trip into space

Aguilera’s account mentions being taken on an alien spaceship when she was age seven by beings that had blond hair and seemed to resemble the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

The aliens taught her a number of things, for example, that the world’s energy center is in Africa and that God is a universal energy. The aliens have communicated with her since her abduction telepathically.

Who is the candidate?

The idea of someone who claimed to have been abducted by aliens would seem to be a minor curiosity except for the fact that Aguilera has some Republican Party connections. Her daughter, Bettina Inclán Agen, used to be former Republican National Committee Hispanic outreach director. Her son-in-law is Jarrod Agen, who happens to be Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. Aguilera was once the vice mayor of Doral and states on her campaign website that she “worked in Miami-Dade county and municipal government.” She is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The second coming of Christine O’Donnell?

The inevitable comparisons are being made between Aguilera and Christine O’Donnell, a senatorial candidate who ran in the 2010 midterm elections and, for a time, seemed to be on the road to victory. However, as a much younger person, O’Donnell appeared a number of times on Bill Maher’s show, then on Comedy Central, and boasted of having practiced witchcraft.

The revelation compelled her to double down on the folly by cutting a commercial in which she denied being a witch. O’Donnell lost her race in a year that had been favorable to Republicans.

Aguilera, for her part, seems to be walking back a little from her claims of having been an alien abductee. She issued a vague statement of how past presidents such as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as well as astronauts, have claimed to have seen UFOs.

She also stated that scientists such as Stephen Hawking as well as the Vatican have noted the intelligent life must exist elsewhere in the universe.

The one thing that must have Republicans breathing a sigh of relief is that the revelations about Aguilera came out before the primaries and not after. A number of more conventional candidates exist who will be competing for the GOP nomination.