Mississippi GOP gubernatorial candidate denied reporter access because she’s a woman

On Wednesday, State Rep. Robert Foster, a Republican candidate for governor in Mississippi, said he had asked a female reporter to bring a male counterpart along to shadow his campaign to avoid any “opportunities for an awkward situation.”

“In our case, it was a female reporter asking to ride along, and my campaign director is in and out and gone sometimes…it’s just going to going to be a lot of opportunities for an awkward situation I didn’t want to put myself in…we just wanted to keep things professional,” Foster said in a radio interview with SuperTalk Mississippi radio host Paul Gallo.

“There’s only one person that comes to mind more than anyone and that’s my wife. I’ve always had the same practice in business. I’m not alone with a female employee and put myself in a situation to have a ‘he said, she said moment,'” Foster added.

Foster was directly responding to a column Larrison Campbell had published in Mississippi Today earlier on Tuesday alleging Foster’s campaign had declined to let her follow and cover it because “because I am a woman.”

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • klsparrow says:

    This is a smart move given who the media support and the BS that come out about being assaulted. You can bet someone would be telling the media that he tried to kiss me.

  • Original Anna says:

    Excuse me, but since when does a man have no right to say no to a female who is not married to him no matter the situation, private or business. Men can’t even be sitting at the bar in a hotel barroom just calming down from a busy day without a woman saying “Oh he put his hands up my dress and invited me to his hotel room.” Give back to men the right to be only with his wife and to protect himself from “set up the situation women for their economic benefit and wanted attention”. Bad women and politics from democrats have brought this on and have even ruined it not just for the men but for the women who consent to what they want to do too. Give this man more credit than the woman who is demanding an opportunity that is not owed to anyone whether in private or business. And I would love to meet men who want to have only their wives with them, nice.

  • Sam says:

    The headline on this very story is dishonest.
    Why is an allegedly conservative site playing this game?
    He denied access because of the occasional situations where they would be alone together, unless she had a male colleague with her. That’s different than just because she’s a woman.

    1. klsparrow says:

      Another BS story. It looks like the 1776 Coalition is nothing more than a left wing POS masquerading as conservative

  • Alan Doud says:

    I grow very tired of news stories that make things something they are not by putting a spin on it. What he did was honorable and should be practiced by all politicians, especially in these times when it appears false claims in the political game are rampant.

  • jug says:

    I don’t blame him!
    The women have caused this problem and it belongs to all of them now!
    So, don’t blame it on the men!

    It’s called “self protection”, no matter how many or few women would actually pull such a stunt!

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