Ducey to Appoint Former Sen. Jon Kyl to McCain's Seat

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. John S. Mc Cain lies injured in North Vietnam wearing an arm cast in this undated

Jon Kyl, once the second-highest ranked Republican in the Senate, has been named to succeed the late Sen. "Kyl yet. What I have gotten is a commitment to serve Arizona through at least this session of Congress, and it's my hope that he serves longer", Ducey said. "Jon Kyl is a great persuader", then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in the magazine. 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.

'I think McCain would be very happy with the pick.

Kyl, who served with McCain from 1995 to 2013, could possibly serve in the Senate until the general election in 2020. "He is a man without comparable peer", Ducey said.

Ducey is expected to formally announced McCain's replacement in a news conference in Arizona. Add John McCain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest John McCain news, video, and analysis from ABC News. John McCain and giving the GOP timely reinforcements.

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.

"So much of our public life" has to be one of the best nicknames for Trump thus far. He and his wife, who said she met McCain once at a campaign event in Arizona, lamented McCain's grit, honest, personality and "everything he did for this country", they stated. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again". McCain died August 25 at the age of 81.

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Many names had emerged as possibilities to fill the Senator's seat, including Cindy McCain, former Reps.

Joseph Lieberman, a former USA senator and close friend, said on CNN: "I say goodbye and my heart will be heavy. I do know I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future".

Absent from the service was President Donald Trump, who was asked by McCain's family not to attend. His work was primarily focused on tax issues affecting the company, but Kyl's firm, Covington & Burling, also lobbied the House and Senate to drum up support for the B-21 bomber, a stealth aircraft Northrop Grumman is building for the Air Force.

Kyl said that he "will do my best to ensure that Arizonans continue to be well-represented in the Senate".

He reached across party lines multiple times to warn of the dangers of waterboarding.

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