MONTGOMERY, ALA., JUNE 7 -- Former governor George C. Wallace, who bowed out of politics in January after four terms, is in increasingly poor health and is often confined to bed, his son has reported.
"He has good days and he has bad days," said George Wallace Jr., the state treasurer. "And the bad days are pretty rough."
Wallace, 67, has been paralyzed from the waist down since he was shot in a 1972 assassination attempt while campaigning for president.
In addition to pain associated with the paralysis, Wallace is suffering from eye trouble, poor hearing and urinary tract problems.
Elvin Stanton, a longtime aide to Wallace, said leaving the public eye also has had an effect on the former governor, who was first elected in 1962.
"He has had to go through a period of adjustment," Stanton said in an interview in yesterday's editions of The Birmingham News. "I think he's had a good attitude about it. I think it would have been worse had he run for another term and lost."
Since leaving office, Wallace has worked for the Montgomery office of Troy State University. Stanton said the job involves "a combination of fund-raising and development and promotion of Troy State."
But Wallace often cannot go to the downtown office and remains at his suburban Montgomery home.
"He's very sensitive to that, that he can't go in every day," said the younger Wallace, who added he takes his children over to visit almost every night to cheer up his father.
The son said in an interview with the newspaper last week that his father sits upright "just a few hours" each day.
Wallace has kept busy working on his memoirs and spends much of his time recording a history of his long political career, his son said.