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'Bigfoot Erotica' Stimulates Intense Congressional Debate

Democrat Leslie Cockburn says she's "exposed" her Republican opponent as a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica."

Denver Riggleman/Instagram via Leslie Cockburn/TwitterDenver Riggleman/Instagram via Leslie Cockburn/TwitterA Virginia Democrat running for the U.S. House of Representatives is going after her Republican opponent's alleged fascination with Bigfoot erotica.

Democrat Leslie Cockburn, a longtime journalist and progressive activist (and sister-in-law of the late Alexander Cockburn), is facing off against Republican Denver Riggleman, a former Air Force intelligence officer who owns a distillery. The candidates are running in Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

On Sunday, Cockburn posted screenshots from Riggleman's Instagram page of two nude illustrations of Bigfoot. The legendary creature's genitals are censored and Riggleman's head is superimposed onto the second image. In the captions, Riggleman teased the release of a book titled Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him and suggested the illustrations would be "cover art."

Cockburn blasted Riggleman as "a devotee of Bigfoot erotica"—and accused him of "campaigning with a white supremacist" too:

Riggleman says the illustrations are nothing more than a joke. As the Charlottesville Daily Progress reports:

According to Riggleman the posts do not originate from "Bigfoot erotica," but are a joke his military friends played on him. When he posted the images, Riggleman said, he never thought they would be used against him politically and described the tweets from Cockburn as "absurd."

Riggleman does have an interest in Bigfoot, having co-authored a book titled Bigfoot Exterminators Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006. According to the Cook Political Report, Riggleman only recently deleted a Facebook author page promoting his "Mating Habits" book.

But it seems more likely that Riggleman has a weird sense of humor than that he's actually a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica." After all, the bio on his Instagram page, which has been set to private, suggests he doesn't take himself too seriously:

Own a distillery, consult on DoD matters and had a fun run for Governor. Love whiskey, hate tyranny and embrace liberty. Whiskey Rebellion always!

It's not the first time that monster porn has influenced a political race. Paul Evans, a Democratic candidate for Oregon's state legislature, was criticized in 2014 for writing a vampire erotica novel. Voters must not have cared too much, as Evans defeated his Republican opponent in the general election.

Cockburn's line of attack seems especially curious. As she mentioned, Riggleman has been accused of campaigning with white supremacist Isaac Smith. If Riggleman sympathizes with white supremacists (he says he doesn't), then voters have a legitimate reason to reject him in November.

But Riggleman's interest or lack thereof in Bigfoot erotica has no bearing on how he'll represent his district on Capitol Hill. Surely it's time for us to grow as a society and put these dark days of sasquatch-shaming behind us.

Photo Credit: Denver Riggleman/Instagram via Leslie Cockburn/Twitter

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  • loveconstitution1789||

    A Virginia Democrat running for the U.S. House of Representatives is going after her Republican opponent's alleged fascination with Bigfoot erotica.

    Makes sense. The Lefties hate the 1st Amendment. Jokes too.

    I cannot believe that Democrats think this is a winning strategy.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    An you spell DESPERATION?

  • Mickey Rat||

    If only Jonah Goldberg had not brought a liking for Bigfoot Erotica out of the closet, this could have been avoided.

  • NoVaNick||

    Makes perfect sense that a bigfoot fetish goes hand in hand with white supremacy.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Does Virginia really want someone representing them whose name sounds like a euphemism for an STD?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Riggleman's Disease is no joke, Fist.

  • Cy||

    What a bunch of racists! The 1st amendment applies to all natural born citizens!

  • SQRLSY One||

    Big Foot's presence on the American Continents is KNOWN to predate the upstart newcomers, the un-invited Native Americans!!!

    I bet that the Big Feet wish that they had had The Donald as POTUS, way back in the day, so that they could've built some MONGO HUGE walls!!!!

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    5 comments and no Steve Smith jokes yet? Reason commentariat, I am disappoint.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    It's a bit on the nose with this one.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    STEVE SMITH GOOD FRIEND WITH DENVER RIGGLEMAN. AND BY GOOD FRIEND HE MEANS HE MAKE DENVER RIGGLE, MAN.

  • NoVaNick||

    Don't think this guy is too different from many of his potential constituents-loves bigfoot and whiskey

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    STEVE SMITH OFFENDED BY ILLUSTRATION. IT DOWNPLAYS IMMENSE SIZE OF STEVE SMITH'S WANG.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    +1 TRIPOD!

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    LESLIE MAKE STEVE SMITH'S COCK BURN.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    BOOK IS CORRECT ABOUT WOMEN WANTING BIGFOOT. NEEDS TO MENTION THAT MEN WANT BIGFOOT.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    STEVE SMITH ASSUME EVERYONE WANT BIGFOOT OR THEY WOULD RUN FASTER.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    STEVE SMITH DEVOTEE OF BIGFOOT EROTICA TOO, IF BY BIGFOOT EROTICA YOU MEAN RAPE BY STEVE SMITH.

  • HeteroPatriarch||

    Former "journalist." Yep sounds about right.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    I can only imagine the brouhaha that would ensue if the roles and parties were reversed here. Imagine if it was a democratic female candidate whose taste in erotica, however unusual, was publicly exposed by a male republican opponent hoping to discredit here. I think you could charge admission to let people watch the ensuing firestorm.

    As for me, I say the principle of keeping people's private sex lives (including fantasy) OUT of the discourse is important. But, as usual, it's all about principals over principles for these people.

  • Rhywun||

    Enh, if you're posting it on Instagram it ain't private.

    This seems more like the lady candidate is either humorless or pretending to be.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    This seems more like the lady candidate is either humorless or pretending to be.

    She's a female, and a Democrat which these days usually means far left Progressive, so I doubt there's any pretending involved.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Both looter parties use dehumorizers.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    "I can only imagine the brouhaha that would ensue if the roles and parties were reversed here. Imagine if it was a democratic female candidate whose taste in erotica, however unusual, was publicly exposed by a male republican opponent hoping to discredit here. I think you could charge admission to let people watch the ensuing firestorm."

    My interest would be proportional to how good this hypothetical female candidate looked naked.

  • SQRLSY One||

    "Paul Evans, a Democratic candidate for Oregon's state legislature, was criticized in 2014 for writing a vampire erotica novel. "

    I have a deep, dark fascination with snot-sucking "mucus vampires", butt please do NOT tell ANYONE!!!!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I won't.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Thank You BUCS!!!

    Now if'n we can spread the word that MORE people should help me keep my big-dark secret, then we may yet be able to preserve my future "political viability"!!!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I've already tweeted to everyone to keep your big-dark secret OUT of the spotlight.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Even if this was true, that he was devoted to Bigfoot erotica, she would just be outting this guy as gay. Which is inappropriate anyway.

  • Echospinner||

    There must be female bigfeet, bigfoots something.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Robert Crumb drew a (predictably vugar) comic about that.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    That's her argument for why she should be elected? FFS

  • Bubba Jones||

    I thought Dems were the party of sexual liberation.

  • Drave Robber||

    As long as it doesn't involve "toxic masculinity".

    STEVE SMITH WASH OFF TOXIC MASCULINITY IN MOUNTAIN SPRING. EVERY OTHER YEAR OR SO.

  • juris imprudent||

    She might as well have attacked his being an evil purveyor of alcohol; don't you have to be a native Masshole to run around with that kind of stick up your arse?

  • Bubba Jones||

    "Dem candidate slut shames war hero."

  • Drave Robber||

    nude illustrations of Bigfoot

    As if there were any not nude.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Maybe Bigfoot could wear a bow tie like Yogi Bear.

  • Rich||

    It's not the first time that monster porn has influenced a political race.

    And don't forget Christine.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    "When he posted the images..."

    Why does anyone even do that? Especially if you're running for political office? It's inevitable that your intent will have no bearing whatsoever, and that your opponent [or anyone who just wishes to dish on you] is going to make hay out of it.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Because a lot of house races are legitimately normal people. Especially in small seats. And so they are not that well groomed for political office. They have tons of weird stuff, that everyone who is a slightly human human-being has going for them.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    How about, it's a joke, he doesn't flipping CARE, and if somebody (like this silly twunt) attacks him over it, he can bury them (or thinks he can)?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    STEVE SMITH VERY TURNED ON RIGHT NOW!

  • barfman2018||

    Democrat Leslie Cockburn

    She's just trying to draw attention away from her last name.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    STEVE SMITH SOON TO RELEASE NEW BEST SELLER, "50 SHADES OF CUDDLE RAPE"!

  • damikesc||

    Joe is definitely pounding the shit out of the big stories today.

  • NashTiger||

    More like his usual big pounding of shit stories

  • GiveMeLibertyOrHandouts||

    "From my opponent Denver Riggleman's Bigfoot erotica collection."

    Ooooh...sick Cockburn.

  • Darth Soros||

    I'm guessing that if we checked Cockburn's internet history, we'd find a lot of Biggovernment Erotica. That's where handsome, muscular, jackbooted IRS agents ravish helpless taxpayers . . . who learn to love it!

    "Cockburn" . . . heh.

  • NoVaNick||

    I think femdom pegging is more her thing

  • Flinch||

    Jealousy? How petty of her...

  • josh||

    This is one of the reasons why I could never run for office. My porn search history would be too much for some people, but since it's brought me a lot more pleasure than the government ever has, so fuck them.

  • Herr_engineer||

    What's wrong with associating with a white activist? Whites are the most despised group in America. They need activists. The blacks have the NCAAP, the Latinos LaRaza and the Jews have incredibly well funded and well connected groups like the ADL and SPLC.

    When a top university like Harvard publishes articles like "Abolish the White Race" maybe the white activist is needed. When your own government brags about how they discriminate against whites, just sayin' we might need some white activists.

    And why is a white activist always a supremicist but a Jewish lawmaker (Miki Zohar) can literally say that "Jews are the smartest race and superior humans" right before literally decreeing that Israel be a racist apartheid state and nobody blinks an eye? Such hipocracy.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    An elusive ape man swinging his king dong around out there somewhere like a wild man of the woods in heat. What's not to love?

  • TangoDelta||

    I'll bet she makes cocks burn. The question is whether it's friction from the lack of lube or a minor infection.

  • The_Hoser||

    Don't bring a Bigfoot into my home, Gus.

  • Flinch||

    We'll know Virginia got hit with a moron bomb when this story dovetails with the ongoing straw ban. Colbert of course will think it's brilliant.

  • Mark22||

    Democrat Leslie Cockburn, mortal enemy of Anthony Wiener, felt compelled to comment on nude bigfoot erotica.

    FTFY

  • Mark22||

    Incidentally, Bigfoot is likely similar to Gorillas in terms of endowment: about 1.5" on average; not something to make women swoon.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Uuuuugggh why do you gotta be such buzzkill? The only limit on the size of Bigfoot's dick is the scope of your imagination. Besides, 1.5" would be one heck of an outlier in shoe size correlation stats.

  • Mark22||

    Well, it's illustrative to understand why gorillas have small dicks: unlike humans, they really are a patriarchy and females really don't have a say who to mate with.

    Human males have big dicks because women like it that way and choose their mates accordingly. See, humans don't actually live in a patriarchy, feminist whining notwithstanding.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Fantastic stuff. Do you think a human male with a full 2" would have some success with those female gorillas? The single ones of course. Asking for a friend.

  • Mark22||

    To mate with a female gorilla, you need to first overpower the 500 pound alpha male, then you need to overpower the 200 pound female. Your penis size is irrelevant.

  • tbc||

    "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."

    I would say that this is EXACTLY what we need on Capitol Hill. Someone with an interesting hobby.

  • HenryC||

    The lack of humor in the politically correct is scary.

  • Mark22||

    The lack of humor in the politically correct is scary.

    ... and nearly universal.

  • JonFrum||

    Folks ... my opponent is a quadragenarian! And that's not all. I happen to know that he suffers from allurophobia! What kind of an American is that?

  • MarkJ-||

    Yep,, nothing at all weird about this,, nothing at all,, all the way around. *roll eyes*

    Geez folks, How low have we sunk? Creating, writing, and posting of Monster Porn? Calling out the Creating, writing and posting of Monster Porn?

    I mean, it is not like we have any serious issues to deal with...

  • Rockabilly||

    Leslie, if your cock really burns, I'd see a doctor who specializes in dicktology.

  • Rockabilly||

    Sorry man, I was misinformed , the specialist is called a Cocktologist

  • Dan S.||

    I guess we should be glad that there has been no attempt to actually ban Riggleman's artwork. And I know that Ms. Cockburn's name is pronounced "Co-burn", or that at least that's how her father pronounced it. But I can't help thinking that she nevertheless is trying to do here what the spelling of her name suggests that she might do, and "burn" certain parts associated with Mr. Riggleman or his art.

  • akita96th||

    Another stupid Trump clone wants to be in charge...Geeze how many perverts do the GOP need to play monkey and the football.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Pay close attention to what the Dem and Gee-Oh-Pee looters say about each other. Remember those things on election day.

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