I thought for sure that Republican Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot, had beaten radical socialist Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate race in Arizona. I was shocked and worried sick when McSally conceded the race there. But sometimes, fate takes a twist at the last moment and we are at those crossroads. Dems thought they had defeated McSally but not so fast… she could become a US senator in days!
Thousands of ballots were still uncounted after the polls closed at election time in Arizona. As I said, almost a week after the election ended and I thought McSally had won, she conceded because of those uncounted ballots. Sinema was the first Dem to win a US Senate seat in that state since 1988. Rino Jeff Flake was thrilled.
The announcement today of Senator Kyl departing has turned all of this upside down. Many see McSally as the best choice to serve in his spot as Arizona’s next Senator. Makes you want to shout, “Hot damn!” There is now a silver lining in Arizona for conservatives and President Trump and McSally may rise to the occasion.
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.”
AZCentral is claiming that the announcement will force Ducey to appoint another person for the Senate seat. McSally is the favorite to replace him. 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. But this is fantastic news for her and Republicans in general. It’s certainly potentially great news for Arizona.