Politics in 2018 continues to reach strange new depths.
Over in Virginia, Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn and her Republican opponent Denver Riggleman (yes, that’s his real name) are vying for votes in the upcoming midterm elections.
Last month, Cockburn criticized Riggleman for campaigning alongside controversial Republican candidate, Corey Stewart, who has been accused of courting white nationalists over the past few years.
But Cockburn’s latest barb against her opponent has nothing to do the far-right, but rather the far-fetched.
Cockburn accused Riggleman of having an alleged penchant for “Bigfoot erotica,” as per a screenshot from what appears to be his Instagram profile, which was tweeted by her.
“This is not what we need on Capitol Hill,” Cockburn wrote.
Cockburn followed up with another screenshot of a Bigfoot sketch, also featuring an equally large rectangle censoring the folklore icon’s genitals. Riggleman, a distillery owner, has his Instagram currently set to private.
It’s a lot for the internet to process.
I leave the internet for a few hours, come back to find out…
1. There’s a non-cartoon person going around being named Denver Riggleman
2. He’s running for office.
3. He is a white supremacist.
4. Who is into Bigfoot erotica.
This would have been super weird a few years ago.
— Robyn Pennacchia (@RobynElyse) July 30, 2018
2018, when “devotee of Bigfoot erotica” — (yeah, big”foot”) — is uttered in politics without anyone blinking https://t.co/uhEfovTV0i
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) July 30, 2018
While Cockburn’s tweet might’ve piqued the internet’s interest, she’s not the first person to spot the sexy Bigfoot book dubbed The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.
On Friday, U.S. House editor of the Cook Political Report, David Wasserman, noted the piece of erotica in his overview of the open Republican seats in the House on Friday.
Riggleman ran a short-lived campaign for governor last year and has a libertarian streak. He says he’ll join the Freedom Caucus, but supports decriminalizing marijuana and opposes the locally polarizing Atlantic Pipeline project. However, the most curious element of Riggleman’s background may be a recently-deleted Facebook author page appearing to promote a self-published book titled “The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.”
At least one Republican attributes Riggleman’s literary musings to his offbeat sense of humor. After all, his Instagram account profile reads: “Own a distillery, consult on DoD matters and had a fun run for Governor. Love whiskey, hate tyranny and embrace liberty. Whiskey Rebellion always!” But that account, since set to private, was once peppered with images of what can only be described as Bigfoot-themed erotic art.
No word yet from Riggleman on the topic. It’s a mystery nearly as great as…well, you know.