Former senator Jon Kyl, of Arizona, was tapped by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to temporarily fill the late Sen. John McCain’s Senate seat.
Kyl’s appointment was welcomed with open arms by the Republican Party, including by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and by President Donald Trump.
This is a smart political move for Gov. Ducey.
He faces a tough re-election challenge from a Democrat in November.
If Ducey had gotten this appointment wrong, it could have derailed his re-election by turning off Republicans in Arizona and dampening turnout.
Kyl is immensely qualified for the seat.
He is beloved in Washington, D.C. political circles and by his Arizona constituents.
Sen. Kyl has gained deep experience as an attorney, member of the House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate Minority Whip.
As a private citizen, Kyl has been helping guide Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the Supreme Court confirmation process.
Vitally, Kyl will now add a dependable, strong, vote, to Republicans in the Senate.
Sen. Kyl has promised to serve through at least the end of this year.
No matter what, he does not plan to stay in the senate beyond the special election for this seat which will be held in November of 2020.
Here’s the Bottom Line: Sen. Jon Kyl will be a principled member of the Senate.
His appointment adds another vote for confirming Judge Kavanaugh for the high court, securing government funding that should bolster our border security in the coming weeks as well as, hopefully, making individual tax cuts permanent.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations