United States ex-senator Jon Kyl named as successor to McCain

United States ex-senator Jon Kyl named as successor to McCain

"Jon Kyl is a safe choice for Governor Ducey as he tries to balance his reelection and the McCain and Trump factions of the Arizona Republican Party", said Dan Eberhart, an Arizona-based Republican donor. Kyl will return to the chamber, succeeding the late John McCain.

Sen. John McCain's widow has revealed that the governor of Arizona is planning to name former US Sen. "It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she wrote.

Garcia said he would have selected someone like Cindy McCain or former Attorney General Grant Woods, someone who was more in the mold of the late senator and who might be more willing to stand up to Trump.

In December 2017, amid rumors McCain was considering resigning his seat, Ducey sent a harsh message to politicians lobbying for him for the appointment. In a similar conundrum, Ducey could have potentially strengthened his prospects for reelection this fall by choosing a relative "moderate" to take McCain's place - or fortified his résumé for a future presidential run by doing right by the GOP's activist base. Jeff Flake (R.). From 2007 until he left the Senate in 2013, he was the Senate minority whip.

Under Arizona law, Ducey is responsible for appointing a McCain replacement until a November 2020 special election. The seat will then be on the ballot again in 2022.

Since McCain's death, there has been rampant speculation about whom Ducey would appoint to the vacant seat.

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Kyl was appointed by Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey but agreed only to a brief appointment through January 2019.

Kyl, 76, had served in the Senate for three terms, until the end of 2012.

Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2012 to spend more time with his family, is now shepherding Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. As such, he'll be able to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Kyl tended to be more conservative than McCain throughout his tenure in the Senate", Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston, said in a telephone interview. "I don't really have a relationship with President Trump".

President Donald Trump tweeted: "Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona".

Ducey, meanwhile, will placate Arizona Republicans through his own re-election bid this fall. His appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.

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