Jon Kyl Appointment Latest Twist in Tumultuous Arizona Politics

Jon Kyl Appointment Latest Twist in Tumultuous Arizona Politics

Jon Kyl Appointment Latest Twist in Tumultuous Arizona Politics

Doug Ducey chose former US Sen.

Both Meghan McCain and her mother, Cindy, tweeted their support for Kyl, who they described as a friend of the family and a statesman who is well-suited to take up McCain's mantle in the Senate. The victor there will serve the remainder of McCain's term, until the 2022 election.

Kyl, though, would not commit Tuesday to staying beyond this term of Congress, saying, "I do know I will not seek this seat in 2020 nor any other office in the future".

"With almost two decades of experience in the Senate serving along side John McCain, Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running", Ducey said.

Ducey's appointment comes the same day as confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom Kyl is shepherding through the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process.

In a story published Wednesday, Woods told the paper he'd discussed the idea with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and other Democratic senators.

"I'll fulfill my responsibilities as they come due", said Ducey, studiously voiding speculation.

"Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running". John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix.

Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP.

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"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump said in a tweet congratulating Kyl.

Kyl was previously a senator from 1995 to 2013, and served in the House before that. "That is much easier said than done, but he is a very high-quality, consensus pick". "He is a man without comparable peer", Ducey said.

McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, disclosed the choice shortly ahead of Ducey's news conference.

Kyl could technically fill the seat until the next general election in 2020. Jon Kyl is ready to cast a vote for Brett Kavanaugh to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jeff Flake, who is stepping down at the end of the year, succeeded Kyl in the Senate.

When Kyl is sworn in, he will join Goldwater as having served in the role after leaving. "I'm hoping that the senator will consider serving longer".

Kyl then served as a USA senator for Arizona alongside Sen. Kyle promised Ducey he will at least serve through the end of the year.

Ducey says he received a lot of advice about naming McCain's successor, but kept coming back to one name: Jon Kyl. By state law, Ducey's pick had to be from McCain's party. Unlike McCain, whose record was mixed, Kyl voted in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006, and for ending special funding for minority and women-owned businesses.

Arizona Republicans like Flake, AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines and others praised Ducey's decision to appoint Kyl.

Kyl will be entering a narrowly divided senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.

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