McSally appointed to McCain’s Senate seat

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a tight race for the state’s other spot in the Senate.

McSally, a former air force colonel, lost to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in November after a bruising contest in which she contended Sinema committed “treason” by making anti-war remarks in 2003. Now, McSally will join the Senate the same day that Sinema is sworn in.

“Arizona needs someone who understands the critical issues, can get to work on day one, and who embodies the spirit of service,” Ducey said at a press conference.

The governor said Sinema will be sworn in first on Jan. 3 when the Senate reconvenes after the holidays, making her Arizona’s senior senator and its first woman in the chamber.

“I’m going to respect the will of the voters,” Ducey said.

McSally tried to put the heated campaign behind her.

“I look forward to working closely with Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate, as we did in the House,” she said.

She also has tried to patch up frayed relations with the McCain family, whom she infuriated by following President Donald Trump’s lead and not mentioning the dying senator during a signing ceremony for a defense bill named after McCain. McSally met with McCain’s wife, Cindy, on Friday.

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