Nov 7, 2018, 9:43 PM ET

Virginia candidate, called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee, wins congressional race

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Republican candidate Denver Riggleman, who was once labeled as a "Bigfoot erotica" devotee by his Democratic opponent, was elected Virginia's 5th district representative in Congress on Tuesday.

In July, Leslie Cockburn, accused her opponent in a tweet with a crudely-sketched image of the mythical creature — its genitalia veiled — saying, "My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate of Corey Stewart, was caught on camera campaigning with a white supremacist. Now he has been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica."

"This is not what we need on Capitol Hill," she added.

Riggleman, an Air Force veteran, told ABC News in an interview that the image was derived from a book he co-authored titled "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him" and was written as a running joke with his military friends.

"We didn’t think anyone in the wide world would be dumb enough to think that was anything but a joke," Riggleman told ABC News, "but it went viral."

Riggleman is also listed as an author of a self-published book, called "Bigfoot Exterminators, Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006."

Denying Cockburn's allegations, Riggleman tweeted, "I sure don't know what Bigfoot Erotica is, ... but I can talk about Bigfoot theories all day."

Riggleman previously told ABC News he did not believe in Bigfoot, but he did not want to "alienate Bigfoot voters."

Questions about Riggleman's Bigfoot fascination did not deter Virginians in the district from voting him into Congress. According to ABC News' calculations, Riggleman snagged the House seat by 6 percentage points, defeating Cockburn by just 19,786 votes.

The newly-elected congressman wrote on Twitter that he promises to make Virginia's 5th District voters proud.

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  • FrankUnderwoodSr

    Denver Riggleman has a running joke with his military buddies about Bigfoot, which includes the usual ribald humor you'd find in any male locker room, or military outpost. Leslie Cockburn is a humorless DC socialite who tried to portray this joking banter as something serious, and ended up embarrassing herself instead. I'm glad she lost. Now ABC wants to make it a serious issue again, without the slightest attempt to portray the truth of the matter. This is why we can't trust the media.

    BTW, Denver Riggleman is one of the funniest people you'll ever meet. His campaign appearances were the most entertaining I've ever seen from a politician.

  • HeWho SpeaksTruths

    Awww come on, it could be much worse, it's not like he is a member of the media...

  • Dicazi

    I have no problem with rishathra, but he hangs out with racists.
    Much worse.

  • Hotchills9191

    So the guy said it was a joke and we're supposed to believe an extreme left winger? I guess it’s not surprising that another left wing publication is mentioning this as a fact. Another fake news site. If anything, the fact that lib came up with that name tells me she’s dabbling. Which considering perversion across all of dem party is not surprising. Just like the fact that voters saw right through it

  • MandalayBay328

    Republicans elected a Bigfoot Erotica devotee and a dead pimp.

    You seriously can't make this stuff up.

  • Nick

    Family values indeed.

    I'm not one to stifle anything you want to do in your free time, but don't run on family values and have things like this in the closet.

  • Sundown

    Republican voters seem to prefer delusional liars.

  • Grrrrrr

    Now that's the typical high quality candidate we've come to expect from Republicans... /rolls eyes