MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on the Mississippi gubernatorial candidate who refuses to allow a female reporter to follow him on campaigns unless accompanied by a man.
In politics, the best way for a lesser-known candidate to get attention, is to do or say something outlandish. And that’s exactly the case with Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Robert Foster.
By now, you’ve probably heard the story Foster, the least-known of three Republican candidates in the August 6th primary, refuses to allow a female reporter to follow him around as he campaigns, unless she brings along a male companion. Foster’s explanation is that he does not want risk being with a woman who is not his wife.
The reporter in question works for the Mississippi Today online news site. Her editors flatly rejected the idea of sending along a male escort. The incident has now made national news, and given Foster, a DeSoto County legislator, exposure he never had before.
Instead of backing down from this sexist attitude, Foster is doubling down. He is using it to raise campaign funds while blaming the liberal media, Hollywood, socialists, and communists who want to dismantle America. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
The truth is, Foster is running well behind Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. So, he needs this controversy to raise his profile.
But this is politics at its worst. At a time when gender equality is gaining more traction, Foster is acting like a candidate from the fifties, Mississippians deserve leadership that is better than this. And that’s my point of view.