'Bigfoot Erotica' Candidate Now A U.S. Congressman

A Virginia man with an "anthropological" interest in Bigfoot has just been elected to Congress.

Republican Denver Riggleman, who once co-authored a book titled Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him, won his race in the U.S. Midterm elections, beating Democratic opponent Leslie Cockburn.

Denver Riggleman at a campaign event on November 1. Photo: Getty.

It was an election race marred by accusations from Cockburn that her opponent was campaigning with white supremacists, which Riggleman denied; Cockburn was herself forced to defend against accusations of anti-Semitism.

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But it was allegations of Riggleman's interest in Bigfoot erotica that sent this race into international headlines.

It began when Cockburn tweeted a screenshot, apparently from Riggleman's Instagram page, of a hand-drawn Bigfoot sporting an enormous schlong.

In an interview with the New York Times, Riggleman admitted to a long-running interest in Bigfoot, but insisted his work was not pornographic.

“I didn’t know there was Bigfoot erotica, even with all my Bigfoot studies,” he said.

“I thought this was such a joke that nobody would ever be dumb enough to think that this was real, but I guess her campaign did.”

He explained that the naked drawing was a joke between friends that had been misconstrued by Cockburn.

“I have a sense of humour,” Riggleman said.

“I’m not going to apologise for personality.”

The New York Times weren't the only ones to get the story, however; Riggleman also gave an interview to YouTube channel The Conservative Review where he outed himself as a "skeptic" and riffed for several minutes on the different Bigfoot beliefs, their supposed thermal weaponry, and gluten intolerance.

Riggleman is now the Congressman for Virginia's 5th District.

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Photo: Instagram / Denver Riggleman