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Arizona governor will appoint former Sen. Jon Kyl to succeed John McCain

Arizona governor will appoint former Sen. Jon Kyl to succeed John McCain

Kyl has been spotted around the Senate recently as the sherpa for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, guiding Kavanaugh through meetings with senators.

"I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future", Kyl said.

"Over the last few months, Sen".

"Now Senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation", Mr. Ducey said.

Kyl, a lobbyist, dismissed the idea that his work will impede his ability to serve in the Senate. And Ducey told Cindy McCain about his pick Tuesday morning.

Former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen.

In December 2017, amid rumors McCain was considering resigning his seat, Ducey sent a harsh message to politicians lobbying for him for the appointment. "His patience, for example, his meticulous preparation and thoroughness, are, I'm sorry to say, not qualities that I'll be remembered for, but they've been indispensable to the people of our state". "Pick the best possible person, regardless of politics, '" Ducey said. Kyl tentatively said he would, but added that he needed to check with his wife, Caryll.

Kyl, 76, served with McCain in the Senate and rose to become Republican whip, the second-highest leadership post in his party's Senate leadership, before retiring in 2013. 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.

"It's not the time for newcomers, and now is not the time for on-the-job training", Ducey said. "I consider it a great privilege to have served with John and I will miss him as a friend and as a strong force for America in the world", Kyl said at the memorial service for McCain in Phoenix.

"We are all saddened by the circumstances that required this appointment and appreciate there was only one John McCain", Kyl said. Because of the timing of McCain's death, the governor's appointment would serve through most of 2020.

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. "Upon his appointment today, Mr. Kyl said, "... when I left the Senate nearly six years ago, I had no intention of returning. But he reminded reporters that he stepped down from the Senate because he wanted to spend more time with his family and more time in Arizona, all things that could keep him from serving until 2020.