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18-year-old Jyoti Amge, who at 2 feet 6 inches is the world’s shortest woman, has moved to the U.S.  and is running for Congress.

Jyoti Amge has moved to Massachusetts and is running for Barney Frank’s seat in the House of Representatives.

Amge’s celebrity status in her own country makes her move to America major news in two countries.  Crowds gathered in Mumbai to wish her well on her journey.

“One of the problems with being famous is people mob you wherever you go,” she said. “Many of them ask very irritating questions. If I were not the shortest woman in the world, I would not have become famous.”

The tiny woman held the Guinness World Record for world’s shortest teenager until she turned 18 in December and took on her new title. She weighs just 12 pounds and won’t grow any more in height due to an extreme case of achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, Guinness told the paper.

Here she is with her campaign manager:

Barney Frank was quick to dismiss her as a viable candidate for his Congressional seat.  I would pick her over any of the other Republicans in this country, and I like her size and attitude, but her ideas I wholeheartedly disagree with.   Congress is not a freak show.