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Ros-Lehtinen's would-be heirs have met aliens and dictators and slimed Al Gore

Republican Brady BunchThe heir-apparent to the first ever Latina elected to Congress could be someone who’s been on a space ship with aliens.

It could be a singer whose pop star father croons for campaign donors, or a television anchor known for snaring one-on-one sit-downs with dictators. The daughter of the last-ever Dominican Republic dictator had a shot before dropping out. But the self-described political hit man once questioned in the murder of SunCruz Casinos owner Gus Boulis is still in the running.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, someone not named Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will claim the Republican party's nomination for Florida's 27th congressional district. And the field is, in the words of the retiring congresswoman ... "interesting."

"I'm excited," Ros-Lehtinen said in an interview. "We have a real tug-of-war in the Republican primary. Some are more liberal, some are more conservative, some are practically non-existent."

Nine candidates have lined up for the Republican primary. Ros-Lehtinen called the candidates "sexy," but also admitted that she's been a little bored by the lack of action in the campaign.

"Where is the clarion call from the Republican side? They're very la-tee-da," the retiring congresswoman said. "They need somebody to really stand out."

Tough standards. For some of the candidates, it's hard to see what more they could do.

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