[Ed. – This is fine; it could have been worse. A safe choice, since Kyl is willing to do it. He’s being quoted all over as saying he has zero intention of running again, and will not compete in the special election in 2020. He may not even serve past the end of December 2018 — Ducey has to get reelected in November, and if he is, he’ll be there to appoint someone else for the next Congress.]
Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday publicly chose Jon Kyl, once one of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate, to succeed the late Sen. John McCain.
In a news conference at the Arizona Capitol, the Republican governor said he expected Kyl, 76, to “hit the ground running” when he arrives in Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening.
“It’s not the time for newcomers,” Ducey said. “Now is not the time for on-the-job training.”
Kyl could be sworn in as early as Tuesday night, though Wednesday is more likely, according to a governor’s aide. He has agreed to serve at least through the end of the year.