Former Republican Sen. Kyl to replace McCain, bolstering conservatives

06 September, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John Mc Cain in the Senate

The governor of Arizona announced Tuesday that he will appoint former Sen.

Cindy McCain wrote that "John Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's".

The appointee named by Ducey could serve in the Senate until the 2020 election, but Kyl said he was only committing to serving in the role through the current session of Congress. He is, however, a well-liked, experienced lawmaker praised both by supporters of McCain and President Trump.

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 was a reliable Republican vote during his time in the Senate - in contrast to McCain's occasional defiance of party leaders - and his arrival will be welcome to a GOP that has struggled with a narrow, single-vote majority while McCain was treated for the brain cancer that killed him on August 25. I am deeply grateful to Sen.

He adds that Arizona "will be well-served by Jon's willingness to once again serve his country". The governor's spokesperson said last week that Ducey would wait until the services for McCain had concluded to select someone to replace the Arizona senator.

"Now, senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation".

"I've tried to learn from his example, and I wish I could say I've emulated him, but regrettably, as Arizonans and my Senate colleagues can attest, I still possess a short supply of some of Jon's most conspicuous leadership qualities", McCain said in a tongue-in-cheek portion of his remarks. John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate. "It's challenging for me be so involved in everything that we did to honor him over the last week and then think of staying on the sidelines as we face a world without John McCain".

Once Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will return to the 51 seats they held in the 100-member Senate before McCain's death.

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At the time of his retirement, Kyl was the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

In replacing McCain, a maverick who at times went against his party, Kyl is expected to bring a somewhat more conservative political viewpoint to the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.

"I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future", Kyl said.

Kyl served as a U.S. Senator from Arizona from 1995 to 2013 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives before that. Sen.

Woods could encounter difficulties in a Democratic primary, given his long-standing ties to the Republican Party.

While shepherding Supreme Court picks, Kyl has not indicated he's a Trump loyalist, saying in a February interview that the president is a "phenomenon that has to be dealt with".

The ex-senator said he was willing to serve through at least the end of the current Congress "to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of".

A special election will be held in 2020 to choose a replacement for McCain.

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