Former Arizona US Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain
06 September, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Conrad Doyle
Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., second from left, pose for a photograph with Sen. I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college of so many years. Jon Kyl on September 4 to fill the seat vacated by the late Sen.
Meghan McCain on Tuesday tweeted that Kyl is "a true statesman and a friend to my family".
Kyl was heading back to Washington, D.C., as confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh began.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he could not be happier that the "new, not-so-junior senator" will be working during a time that he described as "all hands of deck for the American people". One of the first votes he will cast when he is sworn in as senator will be on the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the high court. Should she lose, McSally - a former Air Force colonel who once worked on Kyl's staff - could be appointed to the McCain seat if Kyl vacates it in January.
McCain died August 25 of brain cancer and served with Kyl in the Senate for years.
We are all saddened by the circumstances that required this appointment and appreciate there was only one John McCain.
Kyl served alongside McCain in the Senate from 1995 until 2013, rose to the No. 2 GOP leadership post and was a consistent conservative vote.
By law, Ducey was required to appoint a Republican successor to fill McCain's seat, although he nearly certainly would have tapped a Republican regardless. And if Kyl were to leave before November 2020, Ducey would have to name another caretaker for the seat. The onus fell on the governor to appoint someone to serve until 2020 - when an election will determine who serves the remainder of McCain's term through 2022 - because the deadline had passed to call a special election this year.
Arizona's other senator, the retiring Jeff Flake (R), tweeted, "Governor Ducey has selected Senator Jon Kyl as Senator McCain's replacement". If he has not changed his mind, it's likely he will not run for another term once the rest of McCain's term expires. McCain died August 25 after a long struggle with brain cancer.
The Republican Flake says in a statement that "there is no one more qualified" than Kyl, a Republican. His appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.
However, on Tuesday Ducey said that he hasn't been able to get Kyl's commitment to serve beyond the congressional session that ends this year, though he hopes Kyl will reconsider.
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