There’s a new controversy brewing in the House of Representatives race in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District between Republican candidate Denver Riggleman and Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn, and this one has nothing to do with Bigfoot.
At a Monday night debate, the Washington Free Beacon reports, Cockburn actually said that the United States needs to negotiate with the Taliban if we want to get out of the war in Afghanistan — which turned 17 on October 7 this year.
“One problem is that the patron of the Taliban is Pakistan,” Cockburn said. “We have to negotiate with the Taliban and Pakistan in order to leave that war, and I think that this should be a matter of diplomacy, and it needs to happen now.”
Cockburn says this opinion is informed by her time as a journalist covering three separate wars at different times in Afghanistan’s history.
Riggleman, by contrast, served as an Air Force intelligence officer during the early days of the War on Terror and said in a recent ad that his team helped plan some of the initial bombing runs over Afghanistan after 9/11.
To push back against Riggleman’s resume, Cockburn asserted that because, as an intelligence officer working from the Afghan theater at a naval support station, he had a minor role, the Free Beacon continues. To her claims, he responded, “I’m not going to defend my military service.”
You may remember this race from the previous media attention it received following Cockburn’s claims that Riggleman was into “Bigfoot erotica” over some Instagram photos that Riggleman later explained were the result of a running inside joke between him and his Air Force buddies.
Here he is explaining his unusual area of expertise with CRTV host Matt Kibbe:
Denver Riggleman explains his ten years of research into #bigfoot and the people who believe in him.