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Taking cue from Pence, Mississippi governor candidate refuses to be shadowed by woman reporter

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Oh, and he’s a Republican. I didn’t mention that in the headline?

Probably because it wasn’t necessary.

So, yeah, because Republican men apparently can’t control themselves — as if that hasn’t already become glaringly obvious — Mississippi state Rep. Robert Foster has rededicated himself to being a total dorkus, refusing to travel with a woman reporter who hoped to shadow him for a story on his Mississippi gubernatorial bid.

Oh, those temptresses at Mississippi Today!

The Washington Post:

Before announcing his campaign to become Mississippi’s governor, state Rep. Robert Foster made a commitment to his wife, Heather. He’d follow the “Billy Graham rule” — which, in his words, means avoiding “any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage.”

His personal policy, which is also used by Vice President Pence, presented a problem for Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell. Citing “the optics,” Foster declined Campbell’s request for a 15-hour ride-along, unless she brought a male colleague. Campbell and her editor objected on the grounds that it was sexist, and it prevented her from completing a story assignment about the Republican contenders for governor.

Wait, a GOP candidate for Mississippi governor did something sexist? Calumny! You take that back!

And, oh, it gets even more ridiculous (wait, is that even possible?):

Foster told The Washington Post on Wednesday in an email that he would grant Campbell the interview, but “we just want it to be in an appropriate and professional setting that wouldn’t provide opportunities for us to be alone.”

In what Campbell calls “a funny little twist,” she told The Post she is “very openly gay.”

Well, fine. If you believe in lesbians, which many fundie Christians don’t. After all, inside every gay person is a “normal” heterosexual person just aching to find Jesus … and a GOP gubernatorial candidate to seduce at the Hattiesburg Waffle House.

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