Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain

Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain

Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain

Arizona's governor on Tuesday named former U.S. senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post.

According to the Arizona Republic, Kyl only agreed to serve through the end of 2018.

In a prepared statement, the governor's office said Kyl's "expertise on water and natural resource issues will be very beneficial to our state as we face new challenges in those areas", noting that Arizona State University's Kyl Center for Water Policy is named for him.

Kyl, incidentally, is leading the process through the Senate for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again".

Gov. Doug Ducey made the announcement on Twitter minutes before a scheduled news conference.

Kyl benefits from a long Washington experience, having served a total of 26 years in Congress, 18 of them alongside McCain.

McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted: "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's".

McCain, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25, would have been up for re-election to his seventh term in November 2022.

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 previous year.

Kyl has not committed to serving in 2019 and 2020, and he told reporters on Tuesday that he is not interested in running for the seat in 2020.

Filling McCain's seat marks a turning point in Arizona political history.

However, both former presidents were overshadowed by the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, who made no secret about her opinion of the current political landscape, nor her father's place in it. "Jon Kyl is a great persuader", then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in the magazine.

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate for almost two decades and rose to the No. 2 position of Senate Republican whip.

"I will do my best to ensure Arizonans are well represented in the Senate".

Saturday's event in Washington, D.C., where John McCain lived and worked for more 40 years, was part of McCain's five-day cross-country funeral procession.

"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 - but sometimes, that can be detrimental to what he's trying to achieve", Kyl said.

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