Arizona Governor Doug Ducey had to pick the replacement for Senator John McCain.
Conservatives were worried he would select the late Senator’s wife Cindy.
Ducey made his selection and you won’t believe who it is.
Ducey picked former Arizona Senator John Kyl to replace McCain.
Kyl served in the Senate from to 2012 before retiring.
He is not expected to run in the special election that will be held in 2020 to fill out the remaining two years of McCain’s term.
The Daily Caller reports:
Jon Kyl, the former U.S. Senate minority whip, has been chosen to replace the late Sen. John McCain.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday that Kyl, 76, will return to Capitol Hill to serve in McCain’s empty Senate seat until at least the end of the year.
“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” Ducey said in a statement. “He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans. I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college [sic] of so many years.”
“Every single day that Jon Kyl represents Arizona in the United States Senate is a day when our state is being well-served,” Ducey added.
There was speculation that Kyl would only serve up until 2019.
Even if Ducey lost his re-election bid, the seat would still remain in Republican hands.
That’s because the Arizona constitution mandates the Governor appoint a Senator from the same political party as the deceased Senator.
There are rumors floating that Ducey wanted to appoint a caretaker who would hold the seat until his Chief of Staff could run in 2020.
Conservatives will run a candidate of their own.
Either way, this sets up what is sure to be a premier primary contest in 2020.
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