On the eve of the 2018 midterm election, Republican Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot, appeared to be the winner over Taliban sympathizer, Kyrsten Sinema.
But not so fast—hundreds of thousands of ballots were still uncounted after the polls closed. Almost one week after the election, it was announced that Krysten Sinema would be the states first Democrat to win a US Senate seat since 1988. Sinema, an openly bi-sexual, Democrat, Taliban sympathizer seemed like the perfect person to fill the seat of the liberal, anti-Trump
Democrat (Republican-in-name-only), Senator Jeff Flake.
The announcement of the departure of Senator Kyl, however, might be the best news pro-Trump, former Air Force fighter pilot, Martha McSally has heard in a while, as many see her as the favorite to serve in his spot, as Arizona’s next Senator.
The Arizona Republic has confirmed that Republican Senator Jon Kyl who was hand-selected by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to replace the deceased Senator John McCain, will resign from his seat at the end of this month.
Ducey is required under law to name another Republican to the seat. A replacement to the Senate seat “will be announced in the near future,” according to the Governor’s Office.
Kyl told the Arizona Republic that while he didn’t always agree with President Trump’s style, he supported him and his agenda.
Kyl agreed to finish working until the conclusion of the 115th Congress. Senator Kyl thanked Governor Ducey for the opportunity to serve.
In his letter of resignation, Kyl told Governor Ducey: “When I accepted your appointment, I agreed to complete the work of the 115th Congress and then reevaluate continuing to serve. I have concluded that it would be best if I resign so that your new appointee can begin the new term with all other Senators in January 2019 and can serve a full two (potentially four) years. Therefore, I will resign from the U.S. Senate effective 11:59 p.m. EST December 31, 2018.”
“Senator Kyl didn’t need to return to the Senate,” Ducey said in a statement. “His legacy as one of Arizona’s most influential and important political figures was already without question. But he did return, and I remain deeply grateful for his willingness to step up and serve again when Arizona needed him. I wish him and his family all the best.”
According to the Daily Caller– The announcement will force Ducey to appoint another person for the Senate seat. Rep. Martha McSally, who lost to Arizona Democratic Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema in the Nov. 6 midterm election, is a likely favorite.
If appointed by the AZ governor, McSally would have to run again in a 2020 special election and would run for office again in 2022.