Bigfoot Erotica: Va. Congressional hopeful debunks 'weird porno' accusation

Chris Lingebach
July 31, 2018 - 9:54 am

A Virginia congressional candidate says a bizarre accusation of his alleged interest in "Bigfoot erotica" stems from a joke between he and his military friends.

Denver Riggleman – Republican candidate for the fifth congressional district in Virginia – posted an image of Bigfoot, with his own face photo-shopped on as the head, to Instagram. His opponent, Democrat Leslie Cockburn, posted a screenshot of the Instagram post to her Twitter account, along with the caption, "From my opponent Denver Riggleman's Bigfoot erotica collection."

Riggleman heard The Sports Junkies discussing the story on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning and called in to clear the air. 

"Are you into like weird porno?" Riggleman was asked.

"No, I'm not," Riggleman said. "Well, you guys know military friends. I got about 10 calls yesterday when this went crazy from my opponent, who's a little nuts herself. My buddies, actually, we've been doing Bigfoot stuff for 14 years as a prank, based on my military days, with about five other dudes and one gal.

"So we've been on all kinds of expeditions, and now they make fun of it, so we send pictures back and forth and there was a bunch of pictures posted from my birthday, with my head on Bigfoot bodies. And I thought I was funny, and I posted it to Instagram. My opponent thought I was into Bigfoot erotica, so that's what happened and we've had a very fun day with it."

Riggleman says he's currently writing a book – working title: 'Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.'

"It's a joke book with my military pals," he says.

Riggleman's intrigue in Bigfoot first began when he discovered online forums devoted to Bigfoot sightings, and learned there were even different religions devoted to Bigfoot.

"So you actually think Bigfoot exists?" he was asked.

"No, I don't," Riggleman said. "As a military intelligence guy, I haven't proven it yet, but I'm trying."

"Trying to prove that he does exist?" he was asked.

"Well, I've actually talked to the people who thinks he does," Riggleman said. "So, actually, I was writing something with my military buds on Bigfoot belief systems, and how these people actually believe he exists."

"So you're doing it more like a joke," one host said.

"Yes," Riggleman agreed.

Asked if he was ahead in the congressional race, Riggleman claimed 

Riggleman says he's ahead in the congressional race, adding his opponent Cockburn is "scared," and that's the reason she promulgated the Bigfoot Erotica allegation.

"Yeah, we're ahead and that's why she did it," he said. "She was scared and we now have built our own Twitter (@BigfootVa), just for her, so we're having a lot of fun. When you go against a military cat who has never run for office, or who's very new to this, you probably need to know that I'm not a politician and I'm gonna hit you pretty hard if you make fun of Bigfoot."

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