Mississippi Today reports that reporter Larrison Campbell was denied access to a campaign trip with Robert Foster, a Republican candidate for governor in Mississippi because she is a woman.
She explained in a column that Foster’s campaign director, Colton Robinson, said in two phone calls this week that a male colleague would need to accompany her on an upcoming 15-hour campaign trip they believed that “the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair”.
Campbell explained that the Foster campaign asked for a male colleague to come along with her on the trip. However, she notes that she and her editor both agreed that that would be sexist.
Foster said in a tweet that he wanted to follow the “Billy Graham Rule” and echoed Vice President Mike Pence’s decision not to eat alone with a woman unless he’s with his wife.
This is what Robert Foster wrote on Twitter:
He continued by claiming that the “liberal left” was on him for his “integrity”.
He wrote that the liberal left is once again taking down someone for their integrity, professionalism, and Christian beliefs. He noted that they’re attacking not only him, but countless Mississippians who share these values, and that’s why they need a #msgov who will protect those values.