Kyl sworn in to fill McCain's seat

Former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl whom the Arizona governor has picked to fill out the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain's seat

"He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Governor Doug Ducey said in a release. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to fill the Senate seat left by the late Sen.

But Ducey's appointment of Kyl may not curtail speculation because Kyl has not promised to serve until 2020 - when the seat is scheduled to come up for election.

The Republican Kyl served previously as one of Arizona's two senators, alongside McCain. Kyl has been guiding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process.

Kyl said today at the news conference with Ducey that he doesn't have a relationship with Trump. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again". The governor's spokesperson said last week that Ducey would wait until the services for McCain had concluded to select someone to replace the Arizona senator.

Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP.

Kyl has acted as a "sherpa" for Kavanaugh following his nomination and has helped to orchestrate his meetings with other senators.

"I've tried to learn from his example, and I wish I could say I've emulated him, but regrettably, as Arizonans and my Senate colleagues can attest, I still possess a short supply of some of Jon's most conspicuous leadership qualities", McCain said in a tongue-in-cheek portion of his remarks.

Kyl served three terms in the Senate before retiring in 2013. "That is much easier said than done, but he is a very high-quality, consensus pick".

McCain's wife Cindy McCain offered her congratulations to Kyl on Twitter. If Kyl leaves in January, Ducey or his successor must appoint a Republican to fill the seat, according to state law. "Now, Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation". He said he hoped Kyl would consider staying in the seat longer.

In the end, Ducey, R, chose perhaps the one candidate who could satisfy all the competing camps: Jon Kyl, a former Arizona senator who in his retirement has at times voiced criticism of Trump's style but whose shepherding of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has also landed him in the good graces of the White House.

When Kyl joins the Senate, Republicans will restore their 51-to-49 advantage over Democrats for the first time this year.

The ex-senator said he was willing to serve through at least the end of the current Congress "to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of". Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, both USA representatives, are squaring off to replace Jeff Flake, who didn't seek re-election. By state law, Ducey's pick had to be from McCain's party.

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.

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