Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed former Sen. John Kyl to replace the late Sen. John McCain. He will occupy the seat until a special election can be held in November 2020.
Ducey said at the news conference today that it is unclear if Kyl will remain in the Senate until that election. He has said he won’t run for re-election.
“I haven’t been able to get that assurance from 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, according to CNN. “I’m hoping that the senator will consider serving longer.”
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Not only is Ducey a pro-Trump Republican, he has been ushering Brett Kavanaugh through the Supreme Court confirmation process, and will now get a vote on his nomination. Kavanaugh is facing a Senate hearing today.
Kyl’s Anti-LGBTQ Record
Kyl has a staunchly anti-LGBTQ voting record. Unlike McCain, whose record was mixed, Kyl voted in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006, and for ending special funding for minority and women-owned businesses.
Kyl also voted against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, and against prohibiting employment discrimination for being gay or bisexual, as did McCain, in both cases.
Cindy McCain tweeted her support of the choice, calling Kyl “a dear friend of mine and John’s,” and calling his appointment to replace her late husband “a great tribute” to him.
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