Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has picked Republican powerhouse Senator Jon Kyl as late Senator John McCain’s replacement.
I look forward to working with Jon Kyl as we continue making progress for the American people pic.twitter.com/yAqYcqycAe
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) September 4, 2018
Speaking at a news conference, Ducey told reporters he expects the 76-year-old politician to “hit the ground running,” stating, “It’s not the time for newcomers, and now is not the time for on-the-job training.”
“Sen. Kyl is a beacon of integrity, highly regarded by people on both sides of the aisle and able to work across party lines to get results,” Ducey said of his pick. “There’s a reason he was considered one of the best senators in the country.”
“I’m accepting this appointment to fill the seat vacated by the passing of my dear friend because of my sense of duty to the state I love and the institution of the Senate, which I served for 18 years, and because the governor asked for my help,” Kyl said at the press conference.
Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 4, 2018
The choice to replace late Senator McCain, who passed away last month after battling brain cancer, with Kyl has drawn praise from McCain’s widow, Cindy, who tweeted, “Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.”