Mississippi Republican denies access to reporter because she's a woman

11 July, 2019, 19:06 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Journalist Larrison Campbell said she was looking forward to covering Robert Foster's campaign

"My wife and the State of MS deserve a governor who doesn't compromise their beliefs, and I'm sticking to my guns".

"Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the 'Billy Graham Rule, ' which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage".

"What you're saying here is that a woman is a sexual object first and a reporter second", Campbell told Mr Foster on Thursday.

Citing "the optics", Foster declined Campbell's request for a 15-hour ride-along, unless she brought a male colleague.

Campbell and her editor agreed the request was "sexist" and an "unnecessary use" of newsroom resources and that she should do the story alone.

The current governor, Republican Phil Bryant, could not seek a third term. Three Republicans filed to run in the August 6 primary: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, former state Supreme Court chief justice Bill Waller Jr. and Foster.

Attorney General Jim Hood has raised the most money among the eight Democrats running for governor.

Campbell's publication of her column prompted a backlash online for the Foster campaign from media critics and female journalists. "We just wanted to keep things professional", Foster said in a radio interview with SuperTalk Mississippi radio host Paul Gallo.

Mississippi Today reporter Adam Ganucheau shadowed Reeves and Waller.

"I don't think this is a MS story", she said.

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Colton Robison, Foster's campaign director, allegedly replied that the campaign "can't risk it". He said, however: "It's unprofessional to be alone with a woman who's not my wife".

Explaining the reason behind his decision, Foster said his wife is his top priority, and that a male counterpart would act as a "buffer" to maintain professionalism. She reminded Robison that there would also be photographers with the team throughout the day.

While she had never before come across a situation like it, she said she has become accustomed to the sexism of working in the male-dominated arena of politics. "Some tracker could take a photo putting [Foster] in a compromising position, and it would jeopardize his campaign".

"My editor and I agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter's experience covering MS politics", Campbell wrote.

"Perception is everything. We are so close to the primary".

In what Campbell calls "a amusing little twist", she told The Post she is "very openly gay". He said he would leave the door open and make sure someone was in the room next to his office.

He added, "Everyone has to make their own decisions about how to act in life".

"As I anticipated, the liberal left lost their minds over the fact I choose not to be alone with another woman", he tweeted. "Not surprising, considering they are totally out of touch with America". "I'm not alone with a female employee and put myself in a situation to have a 'he said, she said moment, '" Foster added.

"No other candidate has ever had a rule like this". I've always had the same practice in business. "I sort of see this as a part of the public service of the job".



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