McCain confidante Grant Woods considering US Senate run as Democrat

McCain confidante Grant Woods considering US Senate run as Democrat

On Tuesday, Arizona governor Doug Ducey chose to return the 76-year-old Republican to the Senate, in a move that will strengthen Mitch McConnell's caucus in the short term - but just might weaken it in the long run.

Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen.

Like McCain, Woods has been soured by the politics of President Donald Trump.

The political stakes are high since Kyl could participate in the vote on whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a story published Wednesday, Woods told the paper he'd discussed the idea with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and other Democratic senators.

Asked about a past remark expressing concern about Trump, Kyl replied, "I stand by that comment".

He adds that Arizona "will be well-served by Jon's willingness to once again serve his country". McCain battled brain cancer at home in Arizona, missing all the Senate business since late 2017.

Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP. Jon Kyl will be named as her deceased husband's replacement in the U.S. Senate.




Veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide Doug Cole called Kyl a good, safe pick. "He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Ducey said.

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

Ducey indicated Tuesday that he would like Kyl to serve until the 2020 special election. During Senator Kyl's 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. "His patience, for example, his meticulous preparation and thoroughness, are, I'm sorry to say, not qualities that I'll be remembered for, but they've been indispensable to the people of our state".

"There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the US Senate than Jon Kyl", Doug Ducey, the governor from Arizona, followed up in a statement. McCain's death has led him to consider "whether I need to step up at this point in time", he said.

For Republican voters who are on the fence about Ducey, a choice they dislike could cause them to withdraw their support for the incumbent or stay home on Election Day.

"There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl". I have committed to serving at least through the second session of the 115th Congress.

By Tuesday evening, it was clear that Ducey's appointment of Kyl had succeeded in bringing about a rare moment of harmony, with Trump, McCain's family and Sen.

Kyl will be entering a narrowly divided senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.

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