Jon Kyl named as John McCain's successor - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

Brenda Watkins
September 5, 2018

Doug Ducey chose former US Sen.

Political figures were quick to react to the news that former Republican senator Jon Kyl will be filling the Senate seat of late Arizona Sen.

Jon Kyl served with John McCain as a United States Senator representing Arizona from 1995 to 2013.

Ducey said at the news conference today that it is unclear if Kyl will remain in the Senate until that election.

Every single day that Jon Kyl represents #Arizona in the U.S. Senate is a day our state is well-served.

Under Arizona law, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) named McCain's successor to serve until the 2020 election. Then, in 2022, the seat will be on the ballot for a full six-year term.

The Kyl pick could allow Ducey to have his uncontroversial caretaker - and his long-term, far-right Senate appointment, too.

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The son of a former congressman, Kyl, who's now 76, was elected to the House in 1986 and the Senate in 1994, establishing a reputation as one of the Senate's most conservative members and rising to become the second-ranking Republican in the chamber and a top deputy to Mitch McConnell before retiring rather than seeking re-election in 2012.

Not only is Ducey a pro-Trump Republican, he has been ushering Brett Kavanaugh through the Supreme Court confirmation process, and will now get a vote on his nomination. Kyl's appointment will make it possible for him to vote for the nomination. He would provide more of a cushion to a Republican victory in the deeply divided Senate given that McCain had been too sick all year to cast votes in Washington. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen.

McCain had been absent from the Senate since December as he underwent cancer treatment.

Kyl has agreed to step in for McCain through the end of this year, the Republic said. He brings exceptional gravitas as well as ties to this White House - though he said he's only met President Trump once. "But Kyl always seemed like a straight-shooter to me, and when he left office back in 2013, I was sad to see him go".

"No", Kyl said flatly when asked whether he might one day serve again.

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Up for reelection in November, Ducey faced the dilemma ensnaring other Republicans in 2018: avoid angering Trump, who has a viselike grip on the party, while placating the GOP establishment epitomized by McCain, who dominated state politics for more than three decades. However, he had said anyone who lobbied for the appointment before the senator's death would be disqualified.

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