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U.S. politician 'sexist' for refusing to work alone with female reporter

U.S. politician 'sexist' for refusing to work alone with female reporter

"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", he tweeted.

He half apologised to Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell, saying he was sorry that she "doesn't share these views" but that his decision was "out of respect" to his wife. Campbell was told that she would need a male colleague to accompany her on the trip if she wished to do her job.

A female journalist has had her request to travel alongside a Republican candidate for MS governor denied because she is a woman.

Term limits prevent incumbent Phil Bryant, a Republican, from seeking reelection, leaving an open seat and a hotly contested election.

Attorney General Jim Hood has raised the most money among the eight Democrats running for governor. She had asked Foster and the other candidates in the race to shadow them for a day so that she could write about it for her paper.

Mississippi Today reporter Adam Ganucheau shadowed Reeves and Waller. But when she informed the campaign, they insisted she would not be allowed. Recalling a time when a politician grabbed her waist in the middle of an interview, or of times when fellow women reporters have been slipped notes by male sources after hours when out on the town, Ms Campbell said the issue can be found everywhere.

"We got to call this what it is", Campbell said in her final words to Foster. She reminded Robison that there would also be photographers with the team throughout the day. At the end of the conversation, in what he acknowledged was a 'weird request, ' Robison said I would need a male colleague to accompany me on the trip. "Some tracker could take a photo putting (Foster) in a compromising position, and it would jeopardize his campaign".

She also asked if he thought people would assume he was having a gay affair if a male reporter had asked to shadow him for a day "u$3 nless, at the end of the day, what you're saying here is a woman is a sexual object first and a reporter second". "Perception is everything. We are so close to the primary".

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

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Mr Foster said following the #MeToo movement, "men are under attack all the time".

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

"Once again, the liberal left is attacking someone for their integrity, professionalism, and Christian beliefs. Not surprising, considering they are totally out of touch with America".

"It's gross. This stuff happens all the time, and it doesn't just happen in Mississippi". Some drew parallels to a doctor bringing a nurse into an examination room.

Foster, she explained, has essentially said, " 'You can't do this because you're a woman and you're responsible for making me feel comfortable.' The problem is the notion that the woman carries the burden to make the man feel comfortable".

"No other candidate has ever had a rule like this". "It's our campaign's standard practice to always have a member of the staff present when speaking to the press".

The Foster campaign did not respond to CNN's request for comment Wednesday.

According to Campbell, the ride-along request was meant to be part of a series of stories that Mississippi Today is publishing to give voters an inside look at each of the gubernatorial candidates' campaigns. "I think women everywhere experience this", she remarked, adding that she has heard from a variety of women in different professions who have experienced some form of gender discrimination.


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