Governor-George
3:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Longshot Republican For Governor Campaigning Again

A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.
A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.
Credit RNC

A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.

Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George said Thursday that he was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic on Oct. 2. The illness involves a low blood platelet count. It required lots of treatments to get his platelet count back to normal and end his fatigue. But George says he's back to running.

Republican incumbent Robert Bentley has raised $3.6 million, while George has taken in less than $2,000. But George says he will try rejuvenating his campaign with two issues that offer the most contrast with Bentley.

George says he will call for a referendum on creating a state lottery, and he will support expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law.