Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace Mc Cain in Senate

The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a us senator - Rep. Martha McSally. "He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Ducey said. Cindy McCain quickly offered her support, calling Kyl "a dear friend of mine and John's". Senator Kyl brings a wealth of experience to this job.

Picking Mr. Kyl, though, is a masterful stroke.

Meghan McCain on Tuesday tweeted that Kyl is "a true statesman and a friend to my family".

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate for almost two decades and rose to the No. 2 position of Senate Republican whip.

Kyl served three terms in the Senate before retiring in 2012.

McCain died August 25 of brain cancer and served with Kyl in the Senate for years.


"John McCain was an American hero and we were very blessed to have him as a senator", Ducey said at a press conference. This is why he accepted the position with the stipulation that he would not commit beyond the end of this congressional session.

There's no doubt Kyl is a man of accomplishment.

"When others were looking into Vladimir Putin's eyes, with an eye of understanding him and reaching accommodation with him, John, of course, said: I looked into his eyes and saw KGB", Kyl said. He also served as Chairman of the RNC from 2003 to 2007. Kyl was openly reluctant.

With a nod toward McCain, Kyl said the president's "desire to jump into the middle of or be in the middle of a fight - and by the way that reminds me of somebody - can be detrimental in the end to what he's trying to achieve".

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

Before his public service, Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix.


Kyl is headed to Washington, D.C. today. A reliable conservative, Kyl has played a key role in guiding Donald Trump's supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process on Capitol Hill, where his hearing began stormily on Tuesday.

For certain, Kyl is a swamp-dweller and not only knows the players but the rules of the political game as well.

For now, Kyl will pad Republicans' margin in the narrowly divided Senate.

"I've tried to learn from his example, and I wish I could say I've emulated him, but regrettably, as Arizonans and my Senate colleagues can attest, I still possess a short supply of some of Jon's most conspicuous leadership qualities", McCain said in a tongue-in-cheek portion of his remarks.

Kyl will be sworn into office soon as is the custom when a sitting Senator passes away while in office.


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