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Arizona Gov. Ducey Picks Martha McSally to Replace Sen. Jon Kyl

Arizona Gov. Ducey Picks Martha McSally to Replace Sen. Jon Kyl

McSally will hold the seat until a special election in 2020.

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey picked Republican Rep. Martha McSally to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl.

Kyl took over Sen. John McCain’s seat when he passed away in August. Kyl decided to vacate the seat at the end of the year.

From The Arizona Capitol Times:

In a statement, Ducey praised McSally’s dedication to serving her country, referencing her 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and her multiple deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan. He also praised McSally for representing Arizona in Congress for the past four years.

“Martha [McSally] is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate,” Ducey said. “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’s appointment of McSally comes mere days after Kyl tendered his resignation last week. The governor appointed Kyl in September to fill the seat previously held by the late Sen. John McCain.

Although Kyl could have held the seat until a special election is held in 2020, he promised to serve only through the end of the year.

McSally said she is eager to get to work with Sinema, with all signs indicating that she will not let the contentious Senate race of the past keep them from working together.

McSally ran for the senate this past November to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, but lost to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in a close race.

She said in a statement:

“Over the last year, I’ve traveled across this great state, meeting with countless Arizonans, and listening to them,” McSally said in a statement. “I’ve heard about the challenges they face and the hopes they have for the future – and I’ve learned a lot. I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to serve and be a voice for all Arizonans.”


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Hmm, could have done better

Sinema will do whatever Schumer tells her to do. How is McSally going to work with that except by going foll Mcain?

This gives McSally a chance to prove that she can be good for her state. She isn’t conservative enough to suit some but so long as she’s anti-abortion, pro-border wall that would be a start in the right direction.

What good it will do her actually confuses me. The “good” citizens of Arizona elected idiot Sinema so they have all ready shown they don’t care about good government.

    By a slight margin more people in Arizona voted for Sinema than did for McSally. That does not mean that everyone in Arizona voted for Sinema any more than every citizen voted for Obama.

    McSally barely squeaked through her last House election. She’s an uninspired campaigner and some claim her problem is she gives the impression she really doesn’t want to interact with people (the voters). As others point out, she lost to Sinema, who was shown to have made insulting comments about AZ voters. She lost to that batsh*t crazy candidate when the Governor won by 14 points over the Democrat. It is kind to say she’s an “uninspired” campaigner.

      Came here to say precisely that; McSally was even dragging her feet regarding debating Sinema and she lost to her for God’s sake. The GOP should have taken this opportunity to get a better candidate, instead they choose one who could easily lose the seat for good in 2020.

        Matt_SE in reply to Ulises. | December 19, 2018 at 11:25 pm

        The AZ GOP *had* a better candidate: Kelli Ward.
        The GOPe spent millions of dollars smearing her, just like they do to every conservative who challenges them in every other state. How many times do you need to see the same narrative play out before you understand that the party is being subverted from within?

    She might be another Mia Love: no spine.

If Kyle had resigned before the end of the year, he could have given McSally seniority

Bad move.

McSally ran a terrible campaign, was in a close race with a batshit crazy candidate that openly insulted voters, and then meekly walked away from blatant vote fraud.

She needs to go away.

    I don’t get warm, fuzzy feelings when Democrats display contempt for the voters. I don’t get them when I see Republicans display contempt of their own…

    I wish I could upvote this a thousand times. Even by already low GOPe standards McSally is an extraordinarily lousy candidate who ran well behind a not-exactly-stellar Republican governor this past November.

    Come November 2020 McSally may have the dubious distinction of having single-handedly flipped both Arizona US Senate seats from red to blue.

Other than John Shadegg
I agree with this appointment.

Is this a “participation trophy”?

    Matt_SE in reply to alaskabob. | December 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    The state GOP doesn’t do sentimental.
    McSally was appointed because the money people wanted her appointed. These are the same people who want open borders, so I would take that as a hint about how McSally will vote.

Let’s hope that she has learned how to run a campaign and how to listen/respond to constituents. She failed miserably on both scores once in office.

Arizona GOP seems to have a death wish.

McSally lost to one of the worst candidates to come down the pike, which doesn’t give much confidence to the notion she can win in 2020. The media lies and propagandizing against the GOP and Trump in 2020, along with the undisguised assistance of big tech in censoring opposing viewpoints, will be epic. I doubt McSally will have either the track record nor the talent to fight against nearly any loon the leftists nominate for the seat.

Maybe she will believe that being a McCain/Flake kind of Republican in the Senate–a backstabbing, grandstanding RINO–she will earn a gracious dispensation from the Arizona media.

She buckled as a candidate because she knew she had a deal. The AZ GOP is one of the most corrupt in the country.

There were 3 candidates in the GOP primary: McSally, Ward, and Arpiao. McSally got 54% in the primary. Assuming that the best candidates ran in this one, what GOP candidate that walks on water didn’t run this year. We could have ended up with a flake or a McCain or a certified Fruit Loop.

McSally is so much better than Flake, but yes is in that “I’m a moderate” contingent.

    Matt_SE in reply to KitsapJay. | December 19, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    McSally lost because she refused to reach out to the 46% of GOP voters who preferred the other candidates. Rumor is that McSally wouldn’t even accept the offer of help from Ward when she lost.

In fairness to Gov Ducey I think he was under a lot of pressure to pick Cindy McCain. McCain was a sure bet to vote in lockstep with Democrats, and I think she likely would have switched to the Democrat Party for the 2020 election.

McSally won’t win in 2020, but if Ducey had picked anyone besides McSally or McCain the Vichy Republicans would have openly supported the Democrat in 2020 (don’t underestimate just how badly Establishment Republicans want open borders, gun control, and government-run single payer health care). It’s just speculation, but perhaps Ducey sees the seat as lost anyway, and decided to give McSally the booby prize of trying to overcome the Democrat fraud machine with her lackluster campaigning. Hopefully flipping both US Senate seats to Democrats will end any future talk about McSally seeking statewide office ever again.

    “Hopefully flipping both US Senate seats to Democrats will end any future talk about McSally seeking statewide office ever again…”

    The GOPe are professional losers. (In other words, they are easily corrupted, and as much a part of the Swamp as any corrupt FBI hack recently fired.)

    Starve the GOP.