The Miami Herald has endorsed a Republican candidate running for Congress in Florida's 27th District that says she was abducted by aliens when she was 7-years-old.
According to The Herald, the editorial board was put in an awkward position by the front-runners in the GOP primary, who refused to sit down with the paper. Another candidate said that he wasn't interested in the endorsement. It left few options for the paper to consider for their political endorsements. However, they said that they were impressed by business consultant Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera.
They touted her "working class agenda" with detailed reforms to make to housing, credit scores, student loan payments and other issues. She's the daughter of Cuban political prisoner, Rodriguez Aguilera.
However, The Herald acknowledged that she's an unusual candidate.
"Last year, she told the Miami Herald — and several Spanish-language media outlets — that she believes in extra-terrestrials," the endorsement stated. "She says when she was 7, she was taken aboard a spaceship and, throughout her life, she has communicated telepathically with the beings, which remind her of the concrete Christ in Brazil."
They were quick to explain that her secret telepathic conversations with aliens were "non-issues" because as a former official and businesswoman she is a professional.
The race is to fill a seat left vacant by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). In the Democratic Primary, The Herald endorsed Democrat David Richardson, who spent 10 years at The Herald and as program director for the Knight Foundation.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) served as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia. He has not revealed whether or not he saw aliens while in space.