Former senator Jon Kyl to replace John McCain in Senate

Misty Newman
September 6, 2018

Kyl's appointment means the Republican attorney who had been guiding President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process will now have a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

In other words, Kyl is there for the Kavanaugh vote and to get Doug Ducey through his own re-election bid with a minimum of controversy.

Kyl is headed to Washington, D.C. today.

The 64-year-old former Arizona attorney general was thought to be a potential replacement for McCain, who died August 25 from brain cancer. The seat will then be on the ballot again in 2022. "Now is not the time for on-the-job training", Ducey said. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", Flake tweeted.

Flake decided not to run for re-election this year. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will return to Capitol Hill to serve out the remainder of Sen.

Kyl's appointment would give Republicans their full contingent of 51 senators.

Ducey asked Kyl if he would accept the appointment on August 25, the day that McCain died, according to two people close to the governor.

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump said in a tweet congratulating Kyl.

From a political standpoint, Kyl seemed the "more Republican" of the two Arizona Senators back when he and McCain were serving.

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Kyl, 76, retired from the Senate after three terms in 2012 and became a lobbyist. Kyl carved out a profile as a reliable conservative vote and a foreign policy expert.

"It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she said. When Kyl said yes, VP Pence replied, "Congratulations, Senator" and shook his hand. "Honors his legacy while putting some major horsepower for Arizona in the seat, at least for now", he said.

Following Ducey's announcement, Kyl won quick praise from an opposition Democrat.

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that Woods, who was McCain's chief of staff when he served in the House, was talking to Democrats about a potential run.

"I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future", Kyl said. The Arizona Republic reported Ducey's intention to replace McCain with Kyl prior to his Tuesday morning press conference in Arizona. Jon Kyl will be named as her deceased husband's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a USA senator - Rep. Martha McSally.

The race pits Republican Rep. Martha McSally against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Since McCain's death, there has been rampant speculation about whom Ducey would appoint to the vacant seat. "John and I served the people of Arizona for almost two decades, and in that spirit, along with Senator Flake, I will do my best to ensure Arizonans are well represented in the Senate". Barry Goldwater after he had served in the House of Representatives.

But Ducey's gubernatorial opponent, David Garcia, criticized the governor's pick.

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