Gov. Kay Ivey’s office on Friday released photos of the governor greeting South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem amid questions about Ivey’s health.
The photos — the first public images of Ivey since Aug. 2 — show Ivey shaking hands and posing with Noem, scheduled to speak at an Alabama Republican Party rally Friday night.
“I was proud to personally welcome my friend, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, to Alabama this afternoon,” Ivey said in a statement released by her office. “Both South Dakota and Alabama are two of the top states and are showing the world what happens when you have strong, common-sense leadership. I know Governor Noem will have a great visit.”
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Al.com reported Thursday that Ivey’s office had refused to answer questions about her health for a week and had not released a schedule of public events for the week. The Advertiser referred questions to the office about Ivey’s health after the al.com story ran.
In a statement, spokeswoman Gina Maiola called the speculation “false rumours.”
“Governor Ivey is doing well and she continues to thank the Good Lord for keeping her healthy and cancer free,” the statement said. “We look forward to her leading the state of Alabama for years to come.”
The governor’s office has not responded to questions about whether Ivey had any medical treatment in the past two weeks.
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