In one of the most bizarre episodes of this year's midterm elections, the race for the 5th Congressional District of Virginia has been reduced to a fight over "Bigfoot erotica" and if a candidate participates.
Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn tweeted on Sunday that, in addition to campaigning with a white supremacist, Republican candidate Denver Riggleman was "an erotic Bigfoot devotee", both accusations that Riggleman denied in an interview with CNN.
"My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate Corey Stewart, was captured in a camera campaign with a white supremacist and has now been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica, this is not what we need on Capitol Hill," Cockburn He tweeted along with a photo of a naked Bigfoot, apparently from Riggleman's Instagram.
Riggleman, however, told CNN that the allegation about a sexual interest in Bigfoot it was absurd and he acknowledged having written two books about Bigfoot, including an unpublished text entitled "Bigfoot's mating habits and why women love him", both of which he said were "parodies" and derived from the jokes that I had with army friends.  Riggleman also said he did not believe in Bigfoot, but added that he did not want to "alienate" Bigfoot's vote and said it was all a joke that his opponent had unfairly taken advantage of.
"I think we probably skipped the shark in stupid," Riggleman said.
Riggleman's Bigfoot story seemed to have gained momentum after The Cook Political Report noticed it in his recent review of House races. The report noted that the Facebook author page for Bigfoot's book had been recently deleted and that Riggleman's Instagram was in private, but it used to be "peppered with images of what can only be described as the erotic art of Bigfoot" .  In a statement, Louise Bruce, Cockburn's campaign manager, accused Riggleman of "scrubbing his social networks of 'Bigfoot erotica' and who knows what else."
Riggleman said that they put their Instagram in private to avoid "strange comments", but at this point they overcame them, so they would seek to re-publicize the account.
As Bigfoot's story gained traction online, Riggleman's campaign seemed to lean on her as she shared a video of conservative libertarian activist Matt Kibbe released on Monday. In the afternoon, Riggleman played the bizarre news cycle and entered into a fairly extensive explanation about the different "Bigfoot belief systems".
"Watch this video of my research on t the Bigfoot myth," Riggelman tweeted. "I'm sure I do not know what Bigfoot Erotica is, @LeslieCockburn knows more about that than I apparently do, but I can talk about Bigfoot's theories all day. See the video here #bigfoot # va05."
As indicated by the Cockburn tweet, the race has been one of the highlights in Virginia's politics in this cycle, particularly in reference to the Senate race among the Democrats. Senator Tim Kaine and the candidate Republican Corey Stewart. Stewart has been criticized for inflammatory comments about the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year and his defense of the Confederate symbols.
Cockburn's accusation to Riggleman about campaigning with a white supremacist seemed to make reference to a post on the progressive website "Blue Virginia," and attributed to the Virginia Democratic Party, which said that Riggleman had campaigned along with a declared white supremacist.
Riggleman wrote an op-ed in The Roanoke Times last week disavowing white supremacy and racist protesters in Charlottesville, the site of deadly white supremacist violence last year. Riggleman made reference to the opinion article when CNN asked him about the accusations and said he did not know if the person he was accused of campaigning against, Isaac Smith, was a white nationalist and added that he thought Smith was "just a child" . 19659002] A report in The Washington Post called Smith as co-founder of a group, Unity and Security for America (USA), "With Jason Kessler, who organized the Charlottesville rally last year, The Post describes the organization as "an incipient group that asks to defend Western civilization".
The seat in the Virginia Congress became an open race after Republican Tom Garrett announced that he would not seek re-election and sought treatment for alcoholism The Republicans finally chose to introduce Riggleman, the owner of a local distillery, and the Democrats joined Cockburn, a veteran journalist who worked for several major news networks.
The district contains the city of Charlottesville and is relatively inclined to Republicans, Garrett won his election with a healthy margin in 2016, and CNN has rated the race as "probably a Republican." icana "in its Chamber ratings.