Candidate: No Way Female Journalist Is Following Me

Robert Foster is following the 'Billy Graham Rule'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2019 6:45 PM CDT
Candidate: No Way Female Journalist Is Following Me
In this June 21, 2019 file photograph, Rep. Robert Foster, R-Hernando, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, speaks at the annual Mississippi Press Association Candidates Forum in Biloxi, Miss.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says he would not let a woman journalist follow him while campaigning unless she was accompanied by a male colleague—and now he's trying to raise campaign money based on that because he says the "liberal media" are attacking him, the AP reports. "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," the candidate, Robert Foster, said in a fundraising email Wednesday. "I am sorry the liberal media doesn't share our views, but their attack on us is all the more reason we need a conservative that will protect these values we share."

Larrison Campbell with the online publication Mississippi Today wrote that she requested to "shadow" Foster to report about his campaign before the Aug. 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. Foster said 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. He said being alone with a man is no problem. Foster said he has hired women to work for the agricultural tourism business that he and his wife run in northern Mississippi, and that he would hire women staffers if he is elected governor. (Mike Pence also follows the Billy Graham rule.)

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