Larrison Campbell with the online publication Mississippi Today says she requested to "shadow" Robert Foster to report about his campaign before the August 6 primary, and his campaign director, Colton Robison, told her Foster would not ride in a vehicle alone with her because people could insinuate Foster and Campbell are having an affair.
A Republican candidate for MS governor has been accused of sexism after he banned a female political reporter from going on a campaign trip without a male chaperone for fear of being accused of an extramarital affair.
Campbell and her editor agreed the request was "sexist" and an "unnecessary use" of newsroom resources and that she should do the story alone.
Journalist Larrison Campbell said she was looking forward to covering Robert Foster's campaign.
Robinson allegedly told the female reporter the measures were to ensure nobody would insinuate that the pair were having an affair as part of a smear campaign, reported 16 WAPT News.More news: Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease
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". "I am sorry Ms Campbell doesn't share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife".
UPDATE - 10:19 a.m. ET: Judging by this tweet, Foster seems to think the interview went rather well.
"Once again, the liberal left is attacking someone for their integrity, professionalism, and Christian beliefs".
He told the outlet it is to "avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion" or compromise his marriage. "They can't believe, that even in 2019, someone still values their relationship with their wife and upholds their Christian Faith". "Exactly why we need a #msgov who will protect these values".
According to Campbell, Foster's campaign director, Colton Robison, said she could not be alone in a vehicle with Foster because "they believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair". "I'm not alone with a female employee and put myself in a situation to have a 'he said, she said moment'".More news: Lata Mangeshkar bats for MS Dhoni
"Somebody posted on Facebook "he has to do this, this is the post-MeToo era ..."
"We just wanted to keep things professional", said GOP hopeful Robert Foster in a radio interview on Tuesday.
"I would and I stand my ground", Foster said.
"There really wasn't any wiggle room, there was no getting around it", she said. "I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn't share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife".
"I would much rather be called names by the liberal press than to be put in a position where it could do damage to my marriage and my family", Foster told The Gallo Show.More news: Frank Lampard: Chelsea need to improve fitness
"We can't talk about this without talking about perception being everything and if you're saying that the look of impropriety is out there, it's because you're saying that women don't belong in these spaces", Campbell said.