FoxNews.com reports that
A female reporter in Mississippi is accusing a Republican gubernatorial candidate of sexism after he refused her request to shadow him on the campaign trail.
Rep. Robert Foster’s, R-Hernando, campaign reportedly told Larrison Campbell of Mississippi Today that her presence might stoke speculation about an affair between the two.
Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, offered Campbell an opportunity to follow the candidate but said she would need a male colleague accompanying her, she said in an article in her paper Tuesday.
“Perception is everything,” Campbell quoted Robison as saying. “We are so close to the primary. If (trackers) were to get a picture and they put a mailer out, we wouldn’t have time to dispute it. And that’s why we have to be careful.”
According to Campbell, the decision ultimately stemmed from her gender. “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.
Campbell reported that Robison refused her request even after she offered to wear her press badge in plain view at all times. “But Robison insisted that trackers are trying to get any footage that would make the candidate look bad,” Campbell said.
Both she and her editor “agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter’s experience covering Mississippi politics.”
Foster defended his decision on Twitter, citing an agreement with his wife to abide by what he called the “Billy Graham Rule.”
“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. “I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife.”
During a radio interview, Foster said that he abided by the same rule in his business and that he would rather “be called names by the liberal press than to be put in a situation where it could do damage to my marriage or my family.”
Rep. Foster is not the first Christian Republican Politician to follow the Billy Graham Rule.
Vice-President Mike Pence does, also…and caught a lot of grief from the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party, the Main Stream Media, over it as USA Today reported back in March of 2017.
One line from a Washington Post profile of First Lady Karen Pence is garnering reactions from many on social media.
Ashley Parker’s profile of Indiana’s former First Lady cites a 2002 Mike Pence interview with The Hill. In it, the former Indiana congressman and governor said he never ate alone with a woman other than his wife, Karen. Pence also said he wouldn’t attend an event where alcohol would be served without her by his side.
Evangelist Billy Graham followed a similar rule, not traveling, meeting or eating with another woman alone. It is sometimes referred to as “The Billy Graham Rule.” The practice is still common among many evangelicals.
This 15-year-old paraphrase resurfacing has led to many tweets. A simple search of “Mike Pence” shows some of the reactions. Many question Vice President Pence’s self-control and see the practice as sexist.
This story caught my eye for a couple of reasons.
First, I live in Northwest Mississippi and I happen to have met Rep. Foster’s wife and children. She is a wonderful, gracious lady.
What I have found to be quite revealing is the Main Stream Media’s reaction to both Vice-President Pence and Rep. Foster’s decision to honor their wives.
Today happens to be my wedding anniversary and I would no sooner dishonor my wife than to set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.
The ignorance of the MSM as to the reason behind Rev. Graham’s “Rule” illuminates the great disconnect between Modern Liberals and us Christian Conservative Americans here in the Heartland.
When did honoring your wife, as God’s Word tells us to do, become “sexism”?
I suppose it was when Modern American Liberals stopped believing in the Sovereignty of God and started believing in relative morality and situational ethics.
All of the “Smartest People in the Room” love to lecture us “Deplorables” as to how we should treat women, and yet, they were the ones who were caught disrespecting women in the “Me, Too” Movement/Crusade/Purge.
Just ask Matt Lauer, former News anchor for NBC, whose wife filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage yesterday.
Or better yet, Go ask Former President Bill “Bubba” Clinton…while he’s still a free man.
Until He Comes,