"Jon Kyl is a safe choice for Governor Ducey as he tries to balance his reelection and the McCain and Trump factions of the Arizona Republican Party", said Dan Eberhart, an Arizona-based Republican donor.
Jon Kyl remembers the late Sen.
Arizona's governor would be required by state law to appoint another Republican before the 2020 election.
Republican Jon Kyl cited his sense of duty in accepting the appointment but said he's only committing to serve until the end of the congressional session next January 3.
Kyl, who had been working as a lobbyist at the law firm Covington & Burling, had a previous stint as senator, rising to serve in Republican leadership before retiring in 2013.
"No", Kyl said flatly when asked whether he might one day serve again. They hold a 51-49 majority but that dwindled to a single vote while McCain stayed in Arizona for much of this year being treated for the brain cancer that killed him on August 25.
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 previous year.
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I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years.
'I think McCain would be very happy with the pick.
Ducey made his selection primarily on the basis of Kyl's reputation and ability to hit the ground running in the Senate, one of the people close to him said.
McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, tweeted on Tuesday her congratulations and support for Kyl. If he steps down, the governor will name another GOP replacement, who will hold the seat until the 2020 general election. One of the first votes he will cast when he is sworn in as senator will be on the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the high court.
McCain died August 25 of brain cancer and served with Kyl in the Senate for years. "I'm hoping that the senator will consider serving longer".
Following Ducey's announcement, Kyl won quick praise from an opposition Democrat. Kyle promised Ducey he will at least serve through the end of the year.
His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogizing McCain as an iconic statesman who embodied passionate but civil debate, bipartisan compromise and a commitment to American values. His appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.
If he remains through 2020, he could face a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP failed to scuttle in 2017 largely because of McCain's thumbs-down.