By Tim Binnall
A prominent UFO researcher who has long discussed mysterious incursions by the phenomenon at nuclear facilities is running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in California. Former Air Force Captain Robert Salas has been something of a fixture in the UFO research community for well over a decade thanks in large part to his breathtaking account of seeing an unidentified craft somehow disable a barrage of nuclear missiles housed at Malmstrom AFB in Montana when he was serving at the facility back in 1967. Now he hopes to bring his experience and knowledge about the subject to the halls of Congress.
Salas will be on the Democratic primary ballot for California's 26th Congressional district this coming March. The UFO researcher reportedly first considered jumping into the world of politics following the late 2017 New York Times piece that revealed the existence of a clandestine Pentagon project looking at UFOs. Part of what inspired him to run for office this year is that he sees the portrayal of UFOs as a possible threat to be incongruous to his own experience in which the craft actually seemed to be sending a message, of sorts, about the dangers of nuclear weapons.
With increased attention being given to UFOs by both the media and members of Congress as well as the creation of the Space Force, Salas sees the current climate in Washington as a prime opportunity for someone with his background as an aerospace engineer and former FAA employee for over two decades. "We've gotten to a point where we need more people in Congress who understand technical matters. We've got way too many lawyers," he told Billy Cox of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
To his credit, Salas understands that his association with the controversial subject may hurt him with voters, noting that he could "get laughed out of the place for this UFO stuff." That said, since California's primary system is such that the top two vote-getters advance to the November election, regardless of party, he is hopeful that a groundswell of support will allow him to get past the preliminary vote in March and put him on the final ballot later this year.
You can find out more about his Congressional campaign here and Coast Insiders can check out the 1/13/2018 edition of C2C in which Robert Salas talked about incidents involving UFOs and nuclear weapons. Not a Coast Insider yet? Sign up today.