Second candidate: No solo meeting with any woman not his wife


A second man running for Mississippi governor says he won’t meet alone with a woman who isn’t his wife, even in a professional setting.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. says he tries to have at least one staff person with him, including when he met with a female colleague on the court. Waller said Monday the practice is “common sense” because “appearances are important.”

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Another of the three men seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, state Rep. Robert Foster, said last week that if a woman journalist wanted to ride in his truck for campaign coverage, she would have to be chaperoned by a male colleague. Foster said he would meet alone with an unchaperoned man.

Foster calls it the “Billy Graham rule,” after the late evangelist.