MS gubernatorial candidate denies female reporter access to campaign trip

Robert Foster and his wife earlier this year

"My rules, my truck", Mississippi state Rep. Robert Foster (R) said during the interview, which included the female journalist, Mississippi Today's Larrison Campbell, who was told by Foster's campaign that she couldn't do a ride-along style story with the candidate unless she brought a male colleague with her.

Foster was responding to a report from Mississippi Today journalist Larrison Campbell.

She has also said she made several efforts to satisfy the campaign's concern, including offering to prominently wear a press badge on the trip or to produce her story quickly so that Mr Foster would be able to quickly stop any rumours.

As she said to Foster on New Day, "What you're saying here is a woman is a sexual object first and a reporter second".

But what about women colleagues?

While two of the candidates agreed, state Rep. Robert Foster declined, explaining on a MS talk radio show Wednesday that having a female reporter with him could create "an awkward situation". She told the campaign she would be attending alone, but they would not change their mind, she said.

Before he was vice president, Mike Pence in 2002 told The Hill he "never eats alone with a woman other than his wife".

The male reporter was allowed to ride along the campaign trail with candidate Bill Waller, but Campbell was refused by Mr Foster because she was a woman.

She argued that if she were anticipated to switch by his principles in his truck, he should unruffled present the male chaperone. I'm showing up, I'm doing everything right, I'm trying to do my job, and you are sexualising me. How is that not sexist. "That is sexism. We've got to talk about that".

Foster told SuperTalk Mississippi radio Wednesday, "It's a ride-along request for a 16-hour day that we were going to be on the road".

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"Perception is a reality on this world, and I intention not would prefer to provide any one the knowing that I am doing one thing that I would possibly perchance well additionally fair composed not be doing".

Foster stood by his decision, saying he did so "out of respect" for his wife, Heather, with whom he is pictured multiple times on his campaign website.

He explained the rule, promoted by the evangelical preacher, was to "avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage".

A USA politician says his decision to deny a female reporter access to a campaign trip ride along without a male chaperone was out of respect to his wife.

"I trust myself completely, but I don't trust the perception that the world puts on people when they see things and they don't ask the questions and don't look to find out the truth".

"I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn't share these same views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife, character, and our Christian faith", Foster added in a statement to The Hill. "They can't believe, that even in 2019, someone still values their relationship with their wife and upholds their Christian faith".

"I just want to always have that buffer there of having a system of professionalism".



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