Nancy Worley, the former chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party and a fixture in state politics, is currently hospitalized in Montgomery and “gravely ill,” according to a letter sent by Alabama Democratic Conference chairman Joe Reed.
Reed’s letter did not specify Worley’s specific condition, but social media posts from Worley’s close friends stated that she is on life support at Baptist South hospital in Montgomery.
A relative of Worley, Mark Worley, told CBS42 in Birmingham that Nancy Worley has been hospitalized for about a week and that her condition was not related to COVID-19. He also confirmed that she was on life support on Monday.
Worley led the ADP from 2013 to 2019 and was at times a controversial figure. Although she was widely liked, she drew criticism — some of it unfair — for the direction of the party and the numerous election losses that piled up for Alabama Democrats over the last decade. Prior to serving as the party chairman, Worley served as secretary of state from 2003 to 2007 and was president of the Alabama Education Association in the 1980s and 90s.