A Florida congressional candidate has reportedly said that she was abducted by aliens during her childhood, and that they have contacted her telepathically since.
"I don't exactly know what happened," said Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, to The Associated Press, according to WPIX. "I believe it is real. But I was seven years old. It was an experience I had a thousand years ago."
Rodriguez Aguilera told her account of alien abduction in appearances on Spanish TV networks, with the most recent one being in 2011.
"I went in," recounted Rodriguez Aguilera in the clips, which were posted online in 2009, according to AOL. "There were round seats and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship."
She described her abductors as humanoid, saying they had blonde hair, big bodies, and reminded her of the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
She said that the alien beings told her about "a series of things that would happen," including topics like the world's "energy center" in Africa, God's status as a "universal energy," and a cave in Malta that is harboring 30,000 skulls.
The aliens also reportedly told Rodriguez Aguilera that the Coral Castle, the limestone tourist attraction in Florida, was an ancient Egyptian pyramid, according to the Miami Herald.
Rodriguez Aguilera also said that the aliens told her about ISIS, but she didn't give details on what they told her.
She also referenced experiences of seeing paranormal activity while she was growing up in Miami, and said she saw a UFO when she was 17.
The congressional candidate defended her account, saying she is not the only one who has claimed to have met extraterrestrials.
"For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts, have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects," said Rodriguez Aguilera.
"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 added. "I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe."
Rodriguez Aguilera added that media outlets had portrayed her experience in a negative way, reiterating that she was seven when the abduction reportedly occurred. She said that news reports had ignored what she had done since her childhood.
Rodriguez Aguilera served as a council member in Doral, and was also appointed as Doral's vice mayor. She's running as one of five Republicans to take the place of Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring at the end of 2018.
Rodriguez Aguilera had declared her candidacy in August and raised around $10,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter. She said that she had halted her campaign during Hurricane Irma, which is why she wasn't able to fundraise as effectively.
Attorney and political commentator Rick Yabor said that Rodriguez Aguilera's claims of alien abduction could hurt her campaign.
"Being a politician, to come out and say that, it's odd," said Yabor. "She got into details that are not very mainstream. Someone who's running for Congress -- you've got to raise a lot of money. A donor might have second thoughts."
"Miami politics are unusual. This one takes it to a new level," added Yabor.