Woman reporter must be joined by male colleague

Woman reporter must be joined by male colleague

Foster, in response to a question from AP, said he could not ensure that one of his own male campaign staffers would always be with him if Campbell or another woman journalist were to ride along with him to ask questions for reporting.

A Republican candidate for MS governor told a female reporter that he couldn't be interviewed by her unless she was accompanied by a male colleague - later claiming that he was following "the Billy Graham Rule".

"And that's why we have to be careful", Campbell said campaign manager Colton Robison told her.

Foster said that he and his wife have a similar rule to what Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence follow.

"It made me mad ..." How is that not sexist? "When a women isn't give access to the same things a man would be given access to, it's sexism".

Larrison Campbell, 40, said she had asked to shadow Robert Foster on a 15-hour "ride-a-long" on his campaign, but was denied because of her sex.

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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.

"In our case, it was a female reporter asking to ride along, and my campaign director is in and out and gone sometimes", Foster explained in his radio interview Wednesday.

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Foster, a first-term state lawmaker, corroborated Campbell's claims in a tweet late Tuesday - saying he was only trying to be respectful towards his wife. He'd follow the "Billy Graham rule" - which, in his words, means avoiding "any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage". "The only reason you think that people will think I'm having a (improper) relationship with your candidate is because I am a woman", she said she told him. "They can't believe, that even in 2019, someone still values their relationship with their wife and upholds their Christian Faith".

In another tweet, he claimed criticism of him was also an attack on people in MS who share his beliefs. "Exactly why we need a #msgov who will protect these values", he tweeted.

Foster told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he won't be alone with any woman other than his wife, even while working or campaigning, because of the possible public perception that he was doing something to hurt his marriage.

Two years ago Mr Pence made headlines after comments he made in 2002 that he "never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won't attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side" resurfaced.

"Somebody posted on Facebook "he has to do this, this is the post-MeToo era ..."

"I would have", Foster answered.

"We're really concerned about bad publicity", she said he responded.

"I wish it weren't the way it is", Robison told Campbell.

"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. "We just want it to be in an appropriate and professional setting that wouldn't provide opportunities for us to be alone".

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