Fi­nally, a con­firmed Big­foot sight­ing (for adults only)

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Given the so­ci­ety we live in, it’s not un­heard of for erot­ica in one form or an­other to sur­face dur­ing a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign, of­ten forc­ing the of­fend­ing can­di­date to is­sue a quick if not em­bar­rass­ing ex­pla­na­tion.

But how does one ex­plain Big­foot porn?

Den­ver Rig­gle­man, the Re­pub­li­can can­di­date for Vir­ginia’s 5th con­gres­sional dis­trict that in­cludes Rappahannock County,

rushed this week to say it all be­gan a dozen or more years ago as a joke among his old mil­i­tary pals. Rig­gle­man at the time was in the midst of writ­ing a book with the work­ing ti­tle, “Big­foot Ex­ter­mi­na­tors

Inc: The Par­tially Cau­tion­ary, Mostly True Tale of Mon­ster Hunt 2006.”

While the tome’s sub­ject mat­ter was non-erotic, the sug­gested cover art cre­ated by one of his friends, along with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing risque de­scrip­tion by Rig­gle­man, were posted by the Re­pub­li­can on his per­sonal In­sta­gram site (yes kids, what you share on so­cial me­dia can and will come back to haunt you) fo­cus­ing on Sasquatch’s gen­i­talia and why size . . . well, this is a fam­ily news­pa­per, so we’ll leave it at that.

Les­lie Cock­burn, the Fifth’s Demo­cratic can­di­date who hails from Rappahannock, took to her Twit­ter ac­count Sun­day evening to share with the world Rig­gle­man’s on­line in­fat­u­a­tion with Big­foot, from the “cen­sored” art to Rig­gle­man’s sug­ges­tive re­marks to his hash­tag #mat­ing­habit­sof­big­foot.

“My op­po­nent Den­ver Rig­gle­man, run­ning mate of Corey Ste­wart, was caught on cam­era cam­paign­ing with a white su­prem­a­cist,” Tweeted Cock­burn. “Now he has been ex­posed as a devo­tee of Big­foot erot­ica. This is not what we need on Capi­tol Hill.”

In one de­pic­tion of the hairy crea­ture, the can­di­date’s smil­ing face was su­per­im­posed over the beefy Big­foot him­self.

“From my op­po­nent Den­ver Rig­gle­man’s Big­foot erot­ica col­lec­tions,” Cock­burn tweeted in a sec­ond post.

A for­mer Air Force in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, Rig­gle­man ex­plained to nu­mer­ous re­porters this week that his Big­foot post­ings were noth­ing more than a 14-year run­ning joke, and he’s sur­prised Cock­burn would see fit to insert them into their po­lit­i­cal cam­paign.

Cock­burn has no re­grets do­ing so. Sim­ply by shar­ing Rig­gle­man’s re­veal­ing posts, the for­mer jour­nal­ist has man­aged to shine the na­tional me­dia spot­light on her un­sus­pect­ing op­po­nent, forc­ing him to ex­plain to re­porters from the coun­try’s top news or­ga­ni­za­tions ev­ery­thing he knows about the elu­sive ape-like be­ing, who sup­pos­edly walks like a hu­man and dwells in the for­est. Who af­ter all doesn’t love a Big­foot erot­ica story?

John Mc­caslin

On­line im­age from the In­sta­gram ac­count of GOP con­gres­sional can­di­date Den­ver Rig­gle­man, via a tweet from his Demo­cratic op­po­nent Les­lie Cock­burn.

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