nearvideo Martha McSally appointed to open Arizona Senate seat
Arizona Governor shall appoint Republican Rep. Martha McSally to replace outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl, who filled the seat of the late Sen. John McCain.
Republicans-Rep. Martha McSally, only a few weeks after the loss of one of the mid-term elections’ closest and most contentious Senate races, was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey fill on Tuesday, the state’s other U.S. Senate seat.
McSally will serve for at least the next two years in the seat, held by longtime Arizona Senator John McCain, until his death in August.
“With their experience and years of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to stand up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate,” Ducey said in a statement.
Ducey, the former Sen. Jon Kyl had intended, to the seat in September, but Kyl, after he announced for several months, to withdraw, at the end of the year. According to Ducey’s office, Kyl’s retirement is effective Dec. 31.
McSally has defeated held by democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in this year’s midterm elections for the seat because of the retirement of GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. Your appointment means that you are now next to your opponent, something Ducey noted in his statement.
“I thank you for this great responsibility and I look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema positive things done,” said Ducey.
McSally to serve until the 2020 election when the voters elect someone to serve the last two years of McCain’s term.
Democrats hope that the state swings back in the year 2020 and expects that it will seat target in both the presidential race and the competition for McCain’s. U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, former astronaut and current gun control advocate Mark Kelly and former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, who left the GOP this year have all thought, as Democrats for the post.
The intense interest in the seat was a factor in Ducey’s muddled decisions. He was initially Kyl appointed, while the Governor himself is a campaign for re-election. By the selection of Kyl, Ducey dodged tough political decisions complicated, his own re-election bid.
McSally is a two-term Congressman, was for a long time as for the Senate by the state’s GOP establishment. The first female fighter pilot, McSally rose to the rank of Colonel in the Air Force before entering politics.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.