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


"Women don't get the same courtesy".

Republican candidate for MS governor, Robert Foster, refused to be interviewed by Larrison Campbell during a 15-hour "ride-a-long" on his campaign bus because of her sex. "My wife and the State of MS deserve a governor who doesn't compromise their beliefs, and I'm sticking to my guns".

In the recent MS case, Campbell was told she couldn't join Foster on the campaign trail alone, her media outlet reports.

Larrison Campbell, 40, mentioned she had asked to shadow Robert Foster on a 15-hour "shuffle-a-long" on his advertising and marketing and marketing and marketing campaign, but was once denied on account of her sex.

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

Mississippi's Republican state representative, Robert Foster, who is running for governor, has said a female journalist won't be able to shadow him on a campaign trip around the state without a male "counterpart", claiming it could "do damage" to his marriage and family.

"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".

"My editor and I agreed the request was sexist" and opted not to comply, Campbell wrote.

Mr Foster maintained it was "my truck, my rules", but Campbell called that out as being sexist.

Since then, similar comments have gained national attention. "They're looking to try and manipulate anything they can to try to hurt my character and hurt my chances in this campaign", he said.

"I would and I stand my ground", Foster said.

He added that it is an especially bad time for men to be alone with women in light of the #MeToo movement.

Doubling down on his position, Foster said people's thoughts about the situation will not affect his decision to conduct himself in a way he feels is appropriate. He added he has no problem with being alone with a man.

The 36-year-old, who is of Christian faith, told 16 WAPT News in a statement that he chooses to follow the "Billy Graham Rule" with his wife, which is practiced by some male evangelical Protestant leaders.

Campbell said in response: "At the end of the day, what you're saying here is a women is a sexual object first and a reporter second".

"Politics has always been a traditionally male space" and by excluding women from engaging in it because they refuse to have a keeper is saying "a woman in that context is somehow out of place". It's people who have just been women in predominantly male areas who say they're exhausted of being treated differently. It's just going to be a lot of opportunities for an awkward situation I didn't want to put myself in. "They're asking women to accommodate them". She also asked how he would operate the governor's office if he couldn't have one-on-one meetings with women. "Is somebody capable of governing a state if they can't be alone in a room with a woman?" she asked.

"So out of precaution I wanted to have her bring someone with her, a male colleague".

He later told CNN the decision was also about public "perception".