High Strangeness: UFOs and Politics

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UFOs and Politics

I just don't know where to go with this...

Florida Republican Who Once Claimed Alien Abduction Announces House Bid
Either Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has been watching too much Syfy Channel or she’s really just that special. We’ll probably never know for sure.
That's the lead-in to a news article that was making the rounds yesterday. A self-professed alien abductee is running for Congress in Florida, and now it's open season on people who report UFO encounters. The crack about "watching too much SyFy Channel" is particularly obnoxious.

The article continues:
No matter, the 59-year-old Republican, who once recalled in an interview a visit from three blond-haired aliens who took her aboard their spacecraft, is running for Florida’s 27th District seat being vacated by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes,” Rodriguez Aguilera said in a 2009 television spot, the Miami Herald reported.

Though Rodriguez Aguilera’s extraterrestrial tale is suspect, her political credentials and pedigree are not.
Of course, her "extraterrestrial tale is suspect," because that's the typical knee-jerk reaction by a reporter who needs to portray him- or herself as above it all.

Now, I'm not always thrilled with abduction tales, because they do strain the limits of the Strangeness scale, and they give reporters like this easy targets. But I know, and have written about, several people who have had similar experiences to this woman in Florida, and I have complete faith in their sincerity. And I give this woman credit for speaking openly about her experience in the political arena; that's not easy to do. But this aspect of her story could easily overshadow everything else from here on out. I just hope her opponent leaves it alone.
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