Say, what?

Courtesy of Mother Jones

A Republican state representative running to succeed Gov. Phil Bryant as governor of Mississippi told Larrison Campbell, a female political reporter with Mississippi Today, that the only way she could ride along with his campaign would be if she were accompanied by a man. Rep. Robert Foster said that his rivals could snap a compromising photo of him with Campbell to suggest that he was involved in an extramarital affair.

Campbell wrote that Mississippi Today had requested ride-alongs with each of the three Republican candidates for governor before the Republican primary on August 6. “Bill Waller, a former state supreme court chief justice, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves agreed to ride alongs with Mississippi Today reporter Adam Ganucheau,” Campbell wrote. “The other candidate—state Rep. Robert Foster, (R-Hernando)—declined, however, because I am a woman.”

When Campbell offered to wear her press badge at all times in order to make her role clear, Foster still said no, according to Mississippi Today.

“My editor and I agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter’s experience covering Mississippi politics,” Campbell wrote.

After Campbell published her account of the incident, Foster defiantly took to Twitter, saying that his refusal to appear in public with a woman was “out of respect for my wife.”

“Respect for his wife?”

Fear this opponents might “suggest that he was in volved in an extramarital affair?”

Give me a fucking break!

Clearly this guy is suffering from “Pencification.” 

That is the condition where a man is so worried that he might say or do something sexual while in the presence of a female that he goes full Mike Pence and refuses to allow anybody with a vagina near him unless there is at least one penis between them. 

By the way this is Larrison Campbell.

You know there are countries where women are not allowed to be alone with a man who is not her husband or a close relative, and where they must cover themselves from head to toe in order to keeep men from being attracted to them, but they ain’t America.