Doug Cole, a veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide, said Kyl was a safe pick.
Mrs. McCain expressed her support for the Kyl pick Tuesday, calling him "a dear friend" and saying his willingness to fill the seat was "a great tribute" to her husband. "Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years". John McCain's seat in the upper chamber, The Arizona Republic reports.
Kyl has been spotted around the Senate recently as the sherpa for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, guiding Kavanaugh through meetings with senators.
Doug Ducey (R.) announced Tuesday that former Arizona Sen.
The source said Kyl will serve through the remainder of this year, and "the door is open" to him serving longer. "Now Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's nomination".
"With almost two decades of experience in the Senate serving along side John McCain, Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running", Ducey said.
We are all saddened by the circumstances that required this appointment and appreciate there was only one John McCain. He held a seat in the House from 1987 to 1995. If he is unwilling to serve until the next general election in 2020, the governor would have to appoint another interim senator.
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Kyl said today at the news conference with Ducey that he doesn't have a relationship with Trump.
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.
"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl".
Kyl also remains close to the McCain family, which jumped the gun a bit by pre-empting Ducey's announcement by offering praise.
Kyl, 76, said he was willing to serve through at least the end of the current Congress, injecting a degree of uncertainty about the future of the seat. The Arizona GOP is sharply divided between a Trumpist majority, and a more "Flake-y" fringe. They hold a 51-49 majority, but McCain stayed in Arizona for much of the past year as he was being treated for brain cancer that killed him on August 25.
Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said given that the Arizona governor was "not going to appoint somebody who is going to vote with us, it's a pretty good appointment".
"It's my hope that he serves longer".