Robert Foster, the establishment favorite to win a congressional seat in Mississippi, recently refused to be shadowed by a female journalist, completely ignoring that she is obviously and vocally playing for the other team.
The candidate has been routinely derided for being an establishment “insider”, considered the Manchurian pick for the seat due to his previous support for Democrat-led bailouts for unions and Medicaid, which may explain why conservative media leapt to his defense and marginalized the journalist by ignoring her sexual orientation.
Foster recently made headlines for taking a page from Vice President Mike Pence’s book and refusing to be shadowed by a female journalist unless a male colleague joined her. The entire media lambasted Foster for his allegedly sexist decision, but missed the most glaring, obvious part of his stupidity: the journalist is a proud lesbian who invited President Barack Obama to attend her gay wedding.
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. I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife. https://t.co/5tjH2x2g65
— Robert Foster (@RobertFoster4MS) July 10, 2019
The journalist, a woman named Larrison Campbell, said she was informed by Foster that “Perception is everything,” and she would not be allowed to shadow him.
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.
Apparently Foster’s campaign lacks the opportunity to utilize Google, or even DuckDuckGo, as a quick search would reveal there is little chance the married lesbian would create controversy for his campaign.
In 2013, she invited Obama to her gay wedding:
@BarackObama when you're through with your to-do in Palm Springs tonight, you should swing by the best lesbian wedding ever!
— Larrison Campbell (@thisislarrison) June 7, 2013
The wedding was written about in the New York Times:
Aline Larrison Campbell and Courtenay Adler Green were joined in a civil union Friday at the Frederick Loewe Estate, an event venue and the former home of the composer, in Palm Springs, Calif. Hudson Morgan, a friend of the couple who became an American Marriage Ministries minister for the occasion, officiated.
Ms. Campbell (left), 34, is known as Larrison. Until last year, she was an assistant in the comedy development department at ABC in Los Angeles. She graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and received a master’s in journalism from Columbia.
More recently, in 2018, Larrison wrote an article for Architectural Daily explaining why she decided to move her family – herself and her wife – to Mississippi, writing that “During Christmas with my family in 2014, my wife and I announced that she was pregnant with twins.”
Perhaps the mainstream media marginalized Larrison’s sexual orientation as an attempt to make Foster look even more sexist, but the fact that he overlooked this well publicized fact about Larrison suggests, ultimately, his campaign is as incompetent as it is Manchurian.
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