Anti-LGBTQ Former Senator Jon Kyl Named as McCain's Replacement

Anti-LGBTQ Former Senator Jon Kyl Named as McCain's Replacement

On Tuesday, Arizona governor Doug Ducey made a decision to return the 76-year-old Republican to the Senate, in a move that will strengthen Mitch McConnell's caucus in the short term - but just might weaken it in the long run. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) Tuesday to replace the late Sen. In a news conference on Tuesday, Kyl said he would not be a candidate in a special election in 2020 to finish McCain's term that ends in January, 2023. Although he has worked closely with the White House on the supreme court nomination, Kyl, much like McCain, has been critical of Trump's presidency.

Kyl, who spent 18 years on the chamber's Judiciary Committee before stepping down from the Senate in 2012, has spent the summer acting as a political sherpa to Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

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.

"I think sometimes his desire to jump into the middle of a fight, or maybe even create a fight - by the way, that reminds me of somebody - sometimes that can be detrimental to what he's trying to achieve", he said.

"Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running".

It was the sometimes more moderate McCain who past year thwarted fellow Republicans' attempts to undo Obamacare in a dramatic vote shortly after being diagnosed with cancer in July 2017. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", Flake tweeted.

Despite the short window, Kyl will likely be able to vote for Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee. Garcia said he would have selected someone like Cindy McCain or former Attorney General Grant Woods, someone who was more in the mold of the late senator and who might be more willing to stand up to Trump.


Kyl served three terms in the Senate before retiring in 2013. "It's challenging for me be so involved in everything that we did to honor him over the last week and then think of staying on the sidelines as we face a world without John McCain". "He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Ducey said.

As a Senator, Kyl voted against the nomination of Justice Elena Kagan because she didn't support the now-overturned "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving in the military, saying it was "bad policy". That seat in particular has been held by two men who were heralded as giants of the Senate: McCain took the seat once held by Sen.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Woods was talking to Democrats about a Senate run, citing "party officials familiar with the discussions". Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed fellow Republican Jon Kyl to succeed McCain.

The Republican Ducey says he hopes that Kyl will serve longer.

"There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl". Kyle promised Ducey he will at least serve through the end of the year.

Ducey is required to appoint a replacement under Arizona law. When Kyl said yes, VP Pence replied, "Congratulations, Senator" and shook his hand.

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