Former Senator Jon Kyl will fill the seat left open by late John McCain. Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona announced his appointment on Tuesday. He is acceptable by admirers of McCain and has served three terms in the Senate.
Addressing to the press in Phoenix the governor said the time is not for either on-the-job training or newcomers, and considering range of possibilities Kyl seems to be best fit as he was the second-ranking Senate Republican too in 2013, when he left office.
Ducey added he found Kyl is a man without comparable peer and so he telephoned him on Saturday seeking his acceptance to which he confirmed the next day.
Ducey was in intense pressure as his task was to appoint such candidate who would please the president and also not alienate McCain’s family and even the smaller bloc of Republicans. His task was complicated as in two months he will face re-election and his own political fate is under doubt.
Kyl on his part confirmed filling up the seat for the time-being, until 2020, by when the term of McCain was suppose to expire, and made it clear he won’t run for election again.
Arizona Republican officials said as the party is holding just a small margin majority, 50-49, in the Senate while Kavanaugh’s vote is still looming, the governor thought appointing someone who could immediately take the chair and represent interests of Arizona was vital.
It is learned Kyl’s friend and a majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, was told few days ago his former colleague would be offered to fill the seat.
President Donald Trump was not informed about the consideration of Kyl until Tuesday though the governor had talked to him about appointment to which he did not request any specific appointee but his gesture was to place somebody with whom he could work.
Trump is unpopular as well as popular in Arizona and Democrats are faring better by turning out Hispanic votes in presidential years.
Earlier this year Kyl said Trump was his own worst enemy and his style was boorish. When asked by press in a news conference after his appointment the former Senate said he stands by his remarks.