Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) yesterday appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) to replace the late Sen. John McCain (R). Mr. Kyl served as a US Senator from 1995-2013 after originally winning election to the House in 1986.
The appointment makes sense for several reasons. First, the Arizona electorate voted for Sen. Kyl three times, so his qualifications and ability to fully represent the state are unquestioned. Second, he will only serve in a caretaker role, one that would take him through the 2020 election, though he said he may not want to stay that long. Third, the Kyl choice is about the most non-controversial pick the Governor could have made, thus taking appointment politics virtually off the table as Mr. Ducey runs for his own re-election in November and then could potentially position himself for a Senate run in two years.
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