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 Daily Caller is now reporting that Governor Doug Ducey, announced in a Tuesday statement that Martha McSally will be taking the seat. This comes as McSally lost her Senate bid to Democratic Sen. Krysten Sinema in a tight Nov. 6 midterm race.
“All her life, Martha has put service first — leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” Ducey said in his statement. “With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate. I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.”
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.”