Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to Replace John McCain
Sep 05 2018
Sen. John McCain was finally laid to rest on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Arizona Republic first reported the pick, and suggested that he may only serve in the seat through December, a highly unusual move.
Just as Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton came together to laud the late Arizonan senator, the notably absent president hit up a golf course in Virginia.
Asked about his relationship with Trump, Kyl said he had met the president only once but that he was honored to assist with the Kavanaugh nomination process. "I am deeply grateful to senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years".
That said, Kyl has not ruled out remaining in the seat until 2020.
Under Arizona law, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) named McCain's successor to serve until the 2020 election.
"I'm willing to serve certainly through the end of this session at least to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of", Kyl said. Jon Kyl to replace the late John McCain, the governor said at a news conference Tuesday.
Family and friends, along with the Naval Academy's class of 1958 and its current student body, bade a final farewell in a private service at the academy's chapel before Mr McCain, who died on Aug 25 at age 81, was interred in a cemetery on the academy grounds.
Ducey had to appoint a Republican, and politics-watchers wondered whether he would choose a moderate voice to echo McCain, who became a vocal critic of President Trump.
Kyl added: "I have committed to serving at least through the second session of the 115th Congress". What's more, to the outrage of McCain supporters, Trump started tweeting about a dispute with Canada about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the Arizona senator's memorial.
Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, said given that the Arizona governor was "not going to appoint somebody who is going to vote with us, it's a pretty good appointment".
Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2013, said at the time, "I never anticipated I would be in public service for 26 years".
The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a USA senator - Rep. Martha McSally. Before being elected to the Senate, Kyl served four terms in the House, representing Arizona's District 4. "But I think there's a happy medium".