Tommy Battle Medical Condition ‘Very Good,’ Doctor Says
Friday, May 4, 2018
Responding to a call from one Republican gubernatorial rival and perhaps an effort to pressure another, Tommy Battle released a statement from his longtime physician Friday pronouncing him in “very good” health.
The Huntsville mayor is fit enough to serve as Alabama’s governor, the letter said.
The statements of health from Battle and state Sen. Bill Hightower – who initiated the issue by releasing his medical records last week – are moves to force Gov. Kay Ivey to provide a pubic statement of her health.
Evangelist Scott Dawson said Friday he plans to release his medical records as soon as they are available. Once Dawson releases his records, Ivey will be the only Republican candidate who has not yet have given a statement on her health.
Ivey’s health has been a quiet source of speculation during the campaign, though there have been no publicly confirmed causes for concern.
Ivey, 73, is the oldest candidate in the field and in 2015 became ill and required hospitalization during a trip to Colorado when serving as lieutenant governor. Ivey said last year after the illness was revealed that she was diagnosed with altitude sickness.
On Thursday, while attending an event in Hamilton, Ivey was asked by AL.com if she intended to provide a statement regarding her health.
“I find it interesting that candidate Hightower has run for Senate twice, he’s run for this – this is the third time (he’s run a campaign for public office),” Ivey said. “His wife has run for a term. And he also sought the nomination for U.S. Senate. And this is the first time he’s ever mentioned healthcare records.”
The governor then walked away as a follow-up question was asked.
Battle’s letter came from Dr. Jeffrey G. Garber in Huntsville. He said he has treated Battle since 1999 and that his most recent exam was in September 2017. The only medications Battle takes are for seasonal allergies and that there are no signs of underlying medical illness.
Hightower released results from an array of recent tests, including a colonoscopy and blood panel. A letter from his doctor said he was in “excellent physical health.”
The GOP primary is June 5.