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Ivey campaign: Blanchard, James ‘welcome to contrast their promises with the Governor’s record if they’d like to try’

Gov. Kay Ivey’s reelection campaign on Tuesday issued a response to the candidacies of those attempting to derail her bid for an additional term as Alabama’s chief executive.

In a fiery statement, the Ivey campaign touted the governor’s record on a number of issues including job creation, federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates, abortion and election integrity.

“We welcome Lynda/Lindy Blanchard and Tim James to the Governor’s race,” the campaign stated. “Governor Ivey has been a steady conservative producing results for the people of Alabama: our economy is growing at record levels – 44,000 new jobs and counting and the lowest unemployment in state history. She has signed legislation banning vaccine passports AND banning critical race theory, signed the strongest pro-life bill in America, and our law enforcement now has the support they need and deserve.”

Ivey’s campaign continued, “She has banned transgender sports in our schools, stood with President Trump and protected our elections in Alabama. Governor Ivey has gone toe to toe with Washington — suing President Biden every step of the way to fight back against his out-of-control mandates, repeatedly making clear Washington will never tell Alabama what to do.”

The governor’s reelection campaign took a shot at businessman Tim James, who earlier this year took exception to the presence of yoga in Alabama’s public schools. James recently told Yellowhammer News that he planned to officially enter the race in early January.

Also in the Ivey campaign’s crosshairs was Lindy Blanchard, who the campaign suggested was attempting to buy the governorship. Blanchard launched her bid for governor early Tuesday afternoon.

“Other candidates are welcome to contrast their promises with the Governor’s record if they’d like to try, but they first need to answer a simple question: besides opposing yoga or being willing to spend personal money in hopes of buying an elected office, what conservative accomplishment above do you disagree with? Should Governor Ivey not have created jobs, signed the strongest pro-life bill, banned CRT, fought Biden, and passed election security? If you believe any of those are wrong, perhaps you ought to run for office in New York or California, not Alabama,” the Ivey campaign concluded.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL