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Gov. Kay Ivey’s office addresses governor’s health status, says she is ‘doing great’

On Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office issued a statement responding to inquiries regarding the health status of Alabama’s chief executive.

According to Gina Maiola, who serves as Ivey’s communications director, Alabama’s 54th governor is “healthy” and “cancer-free.”

“When it’s a slow news day in the summer, rumors run rampant in the Capital City,” Maiola stated. “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.”

The public statement came on the heels of Alabama Media Group publishing an opinion piece authored by liberal columnist Kyle Whitmire, who detailed his efforts to inquire with the governor’s office concerning Ivey’s health.

Whitmire said that he requested comment from the governor’s office due to Ivey’s recent lack of public appearances.

In September 2019, Ivey announced that she had been diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer. Four months after her diagnosis, the governor advised that she had been cured after receiving treatment.

Ivey, in May’s gubernatorial primary election, overwhelmingly secured the GOP nomination in her quest for a second term. She will face Democratic Party nominee Yolanda Flowers and Libertarian Party nominee James Blake in the November 8 general election.

Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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