State Rep. Robert Foster, one of three GOP gubernatorial candidates running for governor in Mississippi, barred Today reporter Larrison Campbell’s request to shadow him on a 15-hour trip. Foster’s campaign manager requested she bring a male with her as a requirement to come on the road campaigning.
Foster told The Hill that, before deciding to run, he and his wife also committed to following the “Billy Graham rule” to “avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage.”
“I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these same views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife, character, and our Christian faith,” Foster said. “We don’t mind granting Ms. Campbell an interview. We just want it to be in an appropriate and professional setting that wouldn’t provide opportunities for us to be alone.”
Foster later doubled down on his remarks, saying “in my truck, we go by my rules. And that’s my rule.”