Gov. Kay Ivey 'doing great' amid rumors about health, spokeswoman says

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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declares victory in her republican primary race as she speaks at her election watch party in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday May 24, 2022.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declares victory in her republican primary race as she speaks at her election watch party in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday May 24, 2022.

A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the governor was "doing great" as rumors spread in Montgomery government circles about her health.

The statement came after AL.com reported Thursday that the governor's office and the governor's re-election campaign had not responded to numerous inquiries about the governor's health, or her whereabouts over the past week.

"When it’s a slow news day in the summer, rumors run rampant in the Capital City," Gina Maiola, Ivey's communications director, wrote in a statement. "While I did not want to give any credibility to these bogus rumors, I do want to be sure to clear the air and set the record straight. Governor Ivey is doing great, and she continues to thank the Good Lord for keeping her healthy and cancer-free. We look forward to her leading the state of Alabama for years to come."

Ivey, who will turn 78 in October, was treated for lung cancer in 2019. The office said in January 2020 that radiation treatments appeared to have eliminated the cancer.

AL.com reported Thursday that the governor's office did not release a schedule of Ivey's events for the week or respond to questions about her whereabouts. Ivey's office has sent statements from the governor over the past few days, but according to the governor's Flickr stream, Ivey's most recent public appearance took place at a Prattville groundbreaking on Aug. 2.

The statement did not say if the governor was suffering from some other illness or had undergone any recent treatments for illness. In response to follow-up questions about other illnesses or if she was undergoing treatment that could interfere with her officials duties, Maiola responded, "No, she is healthy."

Ivey served as state treasurer from 2003 to 2011. She served as lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2017, when she succeeded former Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations.

The governor won re-election in 2018 with nearly 60% of the vote. She got about 54% of the vote in the May 24 Republican primary.

The governor is scheduled to have a cabinet meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brian Lyman at 334-240-0185 or blyman@gannett.com. Updated at 2:22 p.m. with response of governor's office to follow-up questions. 

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