Arizona Gov. Ducey picks Kyl to fill McCain's Senate seat

Arizona Gov. Ducey picks Kyl to fill McCain's Senate seat

In 2010, Time magazine called Kyl one of the 100 most influential people in the world, noting his "encyclopedic knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, and his hard work and leadership" and his "power to persuade".

With McCain's passing, the Senate has lost a voice that served as a strong check on Trump's actions.

"It's a great tribute to John that (Kyl) is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she McCain tweeted. John McCain at a memorial service inside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on August 29. Jon Kyl to the Senate following GOP Sen. He's been a lawyer in Washington since his retirement, and in recent months has been shepherding Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh through his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Ducey is scheduled to announce the pick shortly. Still, he is respected among his colleagues and carries the conservative bona fides that the President needs with an nearly evenly divided Senate.

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The GOP is hoping he'll 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 a year ago. John McCain and Kyl served in the Senate at the same time.

Arizona Republicans like Flake, AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines and others praised Ducey's decision to appoint Kyl. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again".

Doug Ducey is expected to announce Tuesday.

Kyl spent 18 years in the US Senate before retiring in 2013 as a ranking Republican. If Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) doesn't win her Senate election this fall against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), that leaves the door open for Ducey to then appoint her for the next two years.

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Jon Kyl, a fellow Republican, will fill the Senate seat previously held by the late Sen.

Cindy McCain and daughter Meghan McCain were both rumored to be potential candidates to fill the vacant seat.

Doug Ducey, a Republican, is set to name Kyl at a 10 a.m. PDT news conference at the Arizona Capitol. "He is a man without comparable peer", Ducey said.

"Now Senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation", Mr. Ducey said. He brings exceptional gravitas as well as ties to this White House - though he said he's only met President Trump once.

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With a nod toward McCain, Kyl said the president's "desire to jump into the middle of or be in the middle of a fight - and by the way that reminds me of somebody - can be detrimental in the end to what he's trying to achieve".

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