Miss. candidate: Woman reporter needs chaperone to cover him

GOP campaign tells female journalist she can't shadow candidate without male colleague

GOP campaign tells female journalist she can't shadow candidate without male colleague

Why? Because the campaign was anxious that it'd look like Foster was having an affair with her.

A Republican running for governor in MS denied a female reporter's request to accompany him on a campaign trip unless she brought along a male colleague, insisting Wednesday that he did so because he "just wanted to keep things professional".

Journalist Larrison Campbell said she was looking forward to covering Robert Foster's campaign.

The reporter, Larrison Campbell, wrote in Mississippi Today on Tuesday that the paper had asked to shadow each gubernatorial candidate seeking the GOP nomination "in an attempt to better inform readers".

"Really up until the last couple of minutes of our conversation I really assumed that we'd find a way to make it work and I was shocked that this was a deal breaker".

"It made me mad ... I sort of see this as a part of the public service of the job". "That is sexism. We've got to talk about that".

Larrison Campbell with the online publication Mississippi Today wrote that she requested to "shadow" Foster to report about his campaign before the August 6 primary, and his campaign director told her Foster wouldn't ride in a vehicle alone with her because people could insinuate Foster and Campbell are having an affair.

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

Campbell reported that Robison refused her request even after she offered to wear her press badge in plain view at all times. "But Robison insisted that trackers are trying to get any footage that would make the candidate look bad", she wrote.

On Twitter, Mr Foster said he was "sticking to his guns" and labelled the criticism of his decision as an attack on Christian values.

In another Tweet, the Republican said he and his wife - who appears repeatedly in images on his campaign Facebook page - had made a commitment to follow the "Billy Graham Rule", which refers to a practice whereby males refuse to spend time alone with women that they are not married to. "I am sorry Ms Campbell doesn't share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife".

"Once again, the liberal left is attacking someone for their integrity, professionalism, and Christian beliefs. Exactly why we need a #msgov who will protect these values", he tweeted.

State Rep. Robert Foster, a Republican gubernatorial candidate running in MS, barred a woman reporter from accessing his campaign exclusively because of her gender.

According to Campbell, the decision ultimately stemmed from her gender.

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