Jon Kyl to be named as successor to John McCain


Former Sen. Kyl responded saying he was "grateful for Gov. Ducey's confidence" in him and was "honored to accept this appointment". Jon Kyl to replace the late John McCain, who passed away last month due to complications from brain cancer.

Kyl, 76, has committed to serve only until the end of the current congressional session on January 3. Although Kyl has not been as fiercely outspoken, he has registered more concern about the president than most sitting Republican senators.

Grant Woods, who is also a former Arizona attorney general, said in an interview that he has spoken to several Democratic senators about the idea, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.). By state law the senator will have to be a member of the same party as the departing one, in this case the GOP.

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.

The GOP is hoping Kyl will be a more reliable partisan vote than McCain, whose opposition to a partial repeal of President Obama's health care law pitched the party into turmoil previous year. John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate. I think it is boorish.

Ducey made his selection primarily on the basis of Kyl's reputation and ability to hit the ground running in the Senate, one of the people close to him said. "It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, tweeted Tuesday. And if Kyl were to leave before November 2020, Ducey would have to name another caretaker for the seat. Jon Kyl is ready to cast a vote for Brett Kavanaugh to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats view the Arizona race as one of their best chances to flip a seat from red to blue, as they seek to take back control of the Senate.

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In making the announcement, Ducey said, "There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl".

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Kyl would replace McCain on Twitter minutes before a scheduled news conference.

Arizona's other senator, the retiring Jeff Flake (R), tweeted, "Governor Ducey has selected Senator Jon Kyl as Senator McCain's replacement".

Ducey's choice of Kyl comes after an emotional week. "But I think there's a happy medium", Kyl said. This is why he accepted the position with the stipulation that he would not commit beyond the end of this congressional session. By state law, Ducey's pick had to be from McCain's party.

Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, said given that the Arizona governor was "not going to appoint somebody who is going to vote with us, it's a pretty good appointment".

If he remains through 2020, he could face a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP failed to scuttle in 2017 largely because of McCain's thumbs-down.