Kyl, 76, has committed to serve only until the end of the current congressional session on January 3. In other words, Kyl might serve just long enough to provide McConnell with a spare vote for confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (before his appointment, Kyl was leading the outside lobbying effort to secure Kavanaugh's confirmation) - and then step down, thereby allowing a newly reelected governor Ducey to put a younger, more ambitious conservative in his place.
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. He said in a statement, "I've asked Sen". "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again".
Ducey asked Kyl if he would accept the appointment on August 25, the day that McCain died, according to two people close to the governor.
Even more extraordinary? Only 11 men have been an Arizona senator since the state entered the union in 1912.
Kyl has acted as a "sherpa" for Kavanaugh following his nomination and has helped to orchestrate his meetings with other senators.
I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years.
Kyl is quite literally a Chamber of Commerce Republican, having served as chairman of the Phoenix chapter before being elected to the House to the first of four terms in 1986. "That is much easier said than done, but he is a very high-quality, consensus pick".
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says former Republican Sen. McCain's widow, Cindy chimed in on Twitter with congratulations and laudatory comments about Kyl.
Ducey indicated Tuesday that he would like Kyl to serve until the 2020 special election. Jon Kyl is ready to cast a vote for Brett Kavanaugh to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"For as long as he chooses to serve", said Victor Riches, Goldwater's CEO, "Jon Kyl will be a great asset to the country in the United States Senate". "I don't really have a relationship with President Trump".
Ducey's choice of Kyl comes after an emotional week. I have committed to serving at least through the second session of the 115th Congress.
At a news conference, Kyl said he has only met Trump once, several months ago.
Ducey is required to appoint a replacement under Arizona law.
Kyl is well-respected in Arizona and has been able to avoid numerous battles with activists that complicated McCain's career and that of the state's other senator, Jeff Flake, who is retiring because his feud with Trump made his re-election impossible. His appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.