The likely incoming chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee rejoiced in irking a trio of Latin American leftist rulers.
But Fidel Castro, she said, got his facts wrong in denouncing her as "the big bad wolf" in his official column.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted Friday night:
BINGO: 1st Evo Morales slams me, then Chavez calls me bandit+ now Fidel says I'm Loba Feroz (I never even attended that mtng in Capitol!)
Here's what Castro wrote in "Reflections of Fidel" in Gramna, the official newspaper of Cuba's ruling communists (what follows is exactly how the Castro column appeared, including the notes in parentheses):
"An unprecedented meeting had taken place in the United States Capitol building between a group of legislators from the fascist right of that country and leaders of the Latin American right and pro-coup oligarchy. In that meeting there was talk of the defeat of the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
...Guillermo Zuloaga – the owner of a television channel opposed to the Bolivarian Revolution and a fugitive from Venezuelan justice – is one of the conspirators who took part in the meeting of Congress members called by Connie Mack and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – the latter of Cuban origin and a Batista affiliate – known to our people as the loba feroz (the big bad wolf) due to her repugnant conduct during the kidnapping of [Cuban] Elián González and her refusal to hand the child over to his father. The Republican Congresswoman is a symbol of hatred of and resentment against Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and the other member countries of ALBA; it is virtually certain that the U.S. Congress will appoint her chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee; she was a defender of the Honduran coup government, repudiated by the majority of the countries of America."
Zuloaga is seeking political asylum in the U.S. after fleeing Venezuela after the government issued a warrant for his arrest. The owner of the 24-news network was arrested in March for speech deemed "offensive" to President Hugo Chavez, then released pending an investigation. The government has been trying to acquire a greater stake in the news station.