Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain in the Senate

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John Mc Cain in the Senate

Gov. Doug Ducey tapped former U.S. Sen Jon Kyl today to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. "It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she wrote.

Kyl, 76, served three terms in the Senate, rising to become the number two Republican before retiring in 2013.

"I'm hoping that the senator will consider serving longer" than this year, Ducey said. "He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Ducey said. Jeff Flake, who is stepping down at the end of the year, succeeded Kyl in the Senate.

Kyl said he did not "really have a relationship" with President Trump, having met him only once.

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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.

This appointment comes at a critical time, as the U.S. Senate begins the nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh, Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema face off for Arizona's other U.S. Senate, and Gov. Ducey himself is up for re-election.

Kyl, a former GOP whip, also worked in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination for the client Judicial Crisis Network, which paid Covington $215,000 past year, according to lobbying disclosures. "He is a man without comparable peer", Ducey said. John McCain, who died last month at the age of 81. By picking a "caretaker" replacement - i.e., someone who would not seek reelection in 2020 - Ducey could avoid alienating either contingent, and allow Republican primary voters a chance to choose the seat's long-term occupant. He did, however, rule out running for McCain's seat in the special election. He said he hoped Kyl would consider staying in the seat longer.

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

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"What an excellent choice!"

The Republican Flake says in a statement that "there is no one more qualified" than Kyl, a Republican.

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

Kyl, now a lobbyist at the law firm Covington & Burling, already has been working behind the scenes to boost Kavanaugh's prospects. He and his wife Caryll have two children, Kristine Kyl Gavin and John Kyl, and four grandchildren.

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"I don't like his style. I think he's his own worst enemy", Kyl said of Trump, adding that he "could be much more effective if he were more politic, more diplomatic".

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