A spokesman for the Arizona governor says Jon Kyl could be sworn in as a U.S. senator as soon as Tuesday evening but it will likely occur Wednesday.
Kyl has only committed to fill the seat until the end of the current congressional session on Jan. 3.
Earlier Tuesday, he went from a news conference at the Arizona Capitol to the Phoenix airport to fly to Washington.
She says she can “think of no one better to keep fighting for the country and state he held so dear.”
Meghan McCain on Tuesday tweeted that Kyl is “a true statesman and a friend to my family.”
That could help another Arizona Republican who is currently trying to join the U.S. Senate - Rep. Martha McSally.
McSally is running against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for an open senate seat in November.
Analysts rate the contest as a toss-up. If McSally loses, she’d be out of a job just in time for Kyl’s appointment to end on Jan. 3.
Arizona’s governor would be required by state law to appoint another Republican before the 2020 election.
She’s a former Air Force colonel and the first female combat pilot.
Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is well-respected in Arizona and has been able to avoid many of the battles with activists that complicated the late John McCain’s career and that of the state’s other senator, Jeff Flake. Flake is retiring because his feud with Trump made his re-election impossible.
Ducey, also a Republican, added the hashtag #KavanaughConfirmation to his announcement.
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 last year.
The Republican Flake says in a statement that “there is no one more qualified” than Kyl, a Republican.
He adds that Arizona “will be well-served by Jon’s willingness to once again serve his country.”
Flake decided not to run for re-election this year.
Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl says he’s grateful for the confidence of the Arizona governor and that he will do his best to ensure the state continues to be well-represented as he takes over John McCain’s Senate seat.
Kyl said Tuesday that he has committed to serving through the year and won’t seek office in 2020. He said a “sense of duty” drove his decision to take the appointment.
Voters in 2020 will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain’s seat through 2022. Then the seat will be up again for a full six-year term.
He says: “In that spirit I am certainly willing to serve through the end of this session.”
Kyl says he doesn’t want to make a commitment beyond that.
Cindy McCain made the statement on Twitter minutes before Arizona’s Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was due to make the formal announcement.
Kyl, a Republican, is currently shepherding Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. His appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.
He is expected to be a placeholder, not running in 2020, when voters will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain’s seat through 2022. Then the seat will be up again for a full six-year term.
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