Weird Elections Roundup

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published Dec. 26, 2018

 Weird Elections Roundup
An Independence, Missouri, city councilman who was not on the Nov. 6 ballot managed to let his temper get away from him that morning at a church polling station. Witnesses told KSHB-TV that councilman Tom Van Camp was in the parking lot of the church when another man yelled at him, "Tom Van Camp, you SOB!" Witness Lee Williams said the man then approached Van Camp, and the next time she looked up, Van Camp and the man were "down there on the grass and they're punching each other. I was just shocked to see my councilman in a fist fight." A voter called police, who responded, but both men had already left the scene in separate vehicles. Van Camp is under fire in Independence for spending public money on personal travel. He is up for re-election in 2020. [KSHB, 11/7/2018]

The Associated Press reported on Nov. 7 that Virginia's 5th Congressional District has a new Republican representative, Denver Riggleman, who beat Democrat Leslie Cockburn despite Cockburn's suggestion in July that Riggleman was unfit for the office because of a Bigfoot erotica book he had written, "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him." While Riggleman is indeed the author of "Bigfoot Exterminators Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006," he says the erotica book was a joke among himself and buddies from the military. (BONUS: Distillery owner Riggleman entered the race when incumbent Tom Garrett dropped out after announcing he is an alcoholic.) [Associated Press, 11/7/2018]