Back in July, we were all shocked when Virginia Republican Denver Riggleman was accused of sharing “Bigfoot Erotica” on Instagram.
Now, we’re more surprised than ever, as the 58-year-old politician has actually won a seat in the midterms.
Riggleman beat his Democratic opponent Leslie Cockburn by 53.3% to 46.7%, taking the seat for Virginia’s 5th district.
The controversy over Riggleman’s sexual inclinations began in the summer, when Cockburn – a lauded journalist and mother of Hollywood actress Olivia Wilde – shared an awkward screenshot from her challenger’s Instagram account.
The image was a handdrawn sketch of Bigfoot, with a black bar covering what we assume to be its genitals.
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. pic.twitter.com/0eBvxFd6sG
— Leslie Cockburn (@LeslieCockburn) July 29, 2018
Cockburn captioned the shot with: “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.”
Riggleman quickly hit back at the accusation, claiming the image “had nothing to do with Bigfoot erotica.”
He said: “My buddies thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in a month or two.”
The book? The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.
However, it’s unclear where or not it was actually published, as anyone has yet to see it on sale.
At the time of the exposé, it was also revealed that Riggleman was following several offensive right-wing Facebook pages, including groups that made jokes about rape and racism. In response, a spokesperson for Riggleman claimed that the politician didn’t remember liking the pages or joining said groups, and has since unfollowed them.
And if you were wondering if Bigfoot erotica is actually a thing, it is. Described by Oxford Dictionaries as a “subgenre of monster erotica,” the sexy stories about the sasquatch have become popular online in recent years, with titles including Boffing Bigfoot and Cum for Bigfoot.
Each to their own, we guess.