Former senator Jon Kyl will fill Sen. John McCain's seat

Former senator Jon Kyl will fill Sen. John McCain's seat

Arizona's governor on Tuesday named former USA senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post. He's currently working as a top adviser to Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Republicans try to get him confirmed to the Supreme Court, and now will soon get to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. "And I think this [younger] generation cares about that". If he is unwilling to serve until the next general election in 2020, the governor would have to appoint another interim senator.

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.

Petraeus said McCain was a man of "great courage, unshakable determination, and unwavering devotion to our country and those who defend it", according to remarks released by the family.

"Now Senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation", Mr. Ducey said.

Revered by his colleagues in the chambers of Washington, McCain is remembered as a patriotic maverick who represented the old-guard, establishmentarian wing of the Republican Party.

Republican President Donald Trump had long feuded with McCain and did not attend the senator's memorials in Arizona and Washington over the past week, at McCain's request. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", Flake tweeted.

More news: Trump personally lobbying GOP senators to flip on Sessions

The sub-text and the pointed reference to the Trump slogan of wanting to "make America great" was the underlying theme of the memorial service, which nearly canonized McCain, while decrying the current White House incumbent and the deplorable narrative about Trump. He said he agreed to serve briefly out of a "sense of duty" and will not run for the seat in 2020, when Arizona voters will decide who fills the seat through 2022.

Many wondered whether Ducey might appoint a member of McCain's family, either his wife, Cindy, or daughter, Meghan, to take his seat.

25 at age 81, will be buried today at the Naval Academy Cemetery, next to a longtime friend and academy classmate Adm. Charles Larson, who was a former USNA superintendent.

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

Jon Kyl served in the U.S House from '87-'95 and the U.S. Senate from '95-2013. He also works for the lobbying group at the law firm Covington & Burling.

Related Articles