A Republican House candidate in Florida says that she was abducted by aliens when she was 7 years old.
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera adds that the incident does not detract from her accomplishments on Earth since then.
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” she said on Monday. “I believe it is real. But I was 7 years old.”
“It was an experience I had a thousand years ago,” added Rodriguez Aguilera, who is one of five Republicans running to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).
“[News reports are portraying] in a negative way an experience I had when I was 7 and ignores everything I did after that.”
Rodriguez Aguilera has claimed in past Spanish television network appearances that she was taken aboard a ship with three blonde creatures.
The Republican – who most recently shared the story on television in 2011 – said that the extraterrestrials resembled the Christ the Redeemer state in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“I went in,” she said during a 2009 interview with America TeVe, a Spanish-language station in Florida, according to The Miami Herald.
“There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship – not like airplanes,” Rodriguez Aguilera added.
The Herald reported that Rodriguez Aguilera has also claimed that there are 30,000 skulls “different from humans” in a cave on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Rodriguez Aguilera has also said that “God is a universal energy” and described Africa as the world’s “energy center.”
The Republican previously served as a city council member in Doral, Florida from 2012 to 2014, and she also served as its first economic developer.
Ros-Lehtinen is retiring at the end of next year, opening up a competitive House seat in Congress.
Democrats are optimistic about winning the seat as Hillary Clinton won the district while campaigning as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.