Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey To Appoint Sen. John McCain's Replacement

Published: Monday, September 3, 2018 - 4:31pm
Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 9:52am
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

Arizona. Gov Doug Ducey is expected to announce a replacement for Sen. John McCain’s Senate seat soon.

Ducey has said he would wait until after McCain’s funeral to appoint the late senator’s replacement.

This comes at a crucial time for Ducey, who is up for re-election, and the Republican Party, which hopes to get Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed.

That’s according to Northern Arizona University politics professor Fred Solop.

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“I see this as a very crucial moment in Arizona’s history and it’s going to have significant implications nationally,” Solop said.

Ducey’s choice will serve until a special election in 2020.

Solop says there’s a long list to choose from, but suspects the person will be a conservative, non-controversial pick.

“He wants somebody who supports the Trump agenda, but someone who’s not too far to the right, so it’s a narrow tightrope you’re walking there,” he said.

Solop thinks possible contenders may include state Treasurer Eileen Klein, McCain's wife Cindy McCain and Ducey’s chief of staff, Kirk Adams.

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