Former senator to replace McCain, at least until January

Sen. Jon Kyl walks through the Capitol on Nov. 15 2011

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called Kyl's appointment a "great choice".

The US Senate seat left vacant by John McCain's death will be filled by Jon Kyl, a former Republican senator from Arizona, it was announced on Tuesday.

"I'm very grateful to Jon Kyl for his willingness to return to public service to take my father's seat in the Senate". Cindy McCain quickly offered her support, calling Kyl "a dear friend of mine and John's".

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is well-respected in Arizona and has been able to avoid numerous battles with activists that complicated the late John McCain's career and that of the state's other senator, Jeff Flake.

Asked about those comments on Tuesday, Kyl said he stood by his criticism - albeit while appearing to compare Trump's aggressive posture to that of McCain's.

Kyl's entire career in Washington overlapped with McCain's, and he served with the state's senior senator for three terms before stepping down. An election will be held to fill the final two years of McCain's term in 2020. The seat will then be up again for a full six-year term. The victor of that special election will fill the remaining two years of McCain's term. He held a seat in the House from 1987 to 1995. In recent weeks, he has served as the "sherpa" who has guided Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the halls of Congress, a role in which he has coordinated closely with the White House.

In other words, Kyl is there for the Kavanaugh vote and to get Doug Ducey through his own re-election bid with a minimum of controversy. Jon Kyl on September 4 to fill the seat vacated by the late Sen.

Flake, a former Arizona congressman who was elected to replace Kyl, has said the older man was a mentor to him.

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate and is a reliable conservative vote.

Whether Kyl serves for just months or through 2020 he will nearly certainly serve as a placeholder, setting up what will likely be a contested race in 2020 in the GOP-leaning but purple-trending state. "I don't really have a relationship with President Trump".

Kyl's new stint in the Senate is not likely to last long. John Shadegg and Matt Salmon, and former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods.

". There is no replacing John McCain, but the law requires me to do it". Should she lose, McSally - a former Air Force colonel who once worked on Kyl's staff - could be appointed to the McCain seat if Kyl leaves it in January.

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