Gov. Kay Ivey’s office dismisses rumors of health concerns

Gov. Kay Ivey's spokeswoman, Gina Maiola, issued the statement after a week of rumors and media...
Gov. Kay Ivey's spokeswoman, Gina Maiola, issued the statement after a week of rumors and media inquiries about the governor’s health and whereabouts.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 2:36 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Thursday that the 77-year-old governor remains “healthy and cancer-free” and dismissed rumors that she is having health issues.

Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola issued the statement after a week of rumors and media inquiries about Ivey’s health and whereabouts. The press office issued the statement after previously deflecting questions.

“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,” Maiola said.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to an email asking about Ivey’s schedule and whereabouts this week.

The Republican governor announced in 2019 that she had been diagnosed with early stage lung cancer and would undergo radiation treatments. She announced in 2020 that the cancer appeared to be gone and that her doctor considered her cancer-free.

Ivey is up for reelection in November after defeating a slate of primary challengers this spring. One of the oldest governors in state history, she faced thinly veiled accusations about her age and health during her 2018 gubernatorial race, with opponents challenging her release health records publicly, but Ivey easily won the race.