Jon Kyl to fill the Senate vacancy left by John McCain's August 25 death, the Arizona Republic reported, an appointment that will give Republicans a critical vote they had been missing since McCain returned to Arizona in December for treatment.
"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl".
The Republican lawyer-turned-lobbyist was tapped in July to help guide Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process in a role informally called sherpa.
Ducey is appointing a McCain replacement until a special election is held at the same time as the November 2020 general election.
Arizona law requires the governor to appoint a member of the same political party to fill a seat opened by the departure of a senator. Kyl said he had traveled with McCain around the world over the years.
Gov. Doug Ducey made the announcement on Twitter minutes before a scheduled news conference. Add John McCain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest John McCain news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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Ducey signaled Kyl could be sworn into the Senate in the coming days and pushed back against allegations that the appointment was a politically-motivated move based exclusively on the supreme court nomination.
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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.
Joseph Lieberman, a former United States senator and close friend, said on CNN: "I say goodbye and my heart will be heavy".
McCain died late last month at age 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
In an impassioned eulogy for her father, six-term Arizona senator John McCain, Meghan McCain delivered several blows to sitting President Donald Trump, who was not invited to the beloved senator's funeral.
"I think anyone that has served knows senator McCain's service and what he went through and his life of service".
Kyl served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was first elected to the Senate in 1994.
Mr. Kyl said he will not be a candidate for the seat in 2020.