Jon Kyl, once one of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate, will return to Capitol Hill to succeed the late Sen. John McCain, reports AZCentral.
Gov. Doug Ducey is scheduled to unveil the 76-year-old as McCain’s successor at a 10 a.m. news conference at the Arizona Capitol, after notifying McCain’s wife, Cindy, and other key political figures of his decision.
Kyl, who served alongside McCain during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, will fly to Washington, D.C., following Ducey’s announcement. He retired in 2013 after rising to become the second-highest-ranking Republican senator.
Kyl has agreed to serve at least through the end of the year, a representative for Ducey said. If he opts to step down after the end of the session, the Republican governor would be required to appoint another replacement, the aide said.
The governor, who has long called Kyl a mentor, contacted the former senator in the hours following McCain’s Aug. 25 death. The two have forged a close bond and are like-minded, pro-growth conservatives.
Ducey sought someone who could quickly step into the seat to wrap up McCain’s unfinished business, the governor’s aide said. Kyl brings a depth of knowledge on issues key to Arizona, from water and natural resources to Native American relations.
He is respected among seasoned Republicans and is leading President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process. Last year, Kyl was the “sherpa” for Jeff Sessions’ contentious nomination to become attorney general.
In a tweet, McCain’s widow, Cindy, expressed support for the appointment. “Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona,” she wrote.
So in other words, we should be disgusted by his appointment? After your daughter's performance at the Anti-Trump rally, I mean funeral for Songbird, it's quite clear the McCain clan hates America.
— overpasses4America (@o4america) September 4, 2018
Kyl represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate from 1995 through Jan. 3, 2013. There, he served as minority whip, the second-highest position in the Republican conference. Before ascending to the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.
The decision had weighed on Ducey’s mind since last year, when McCain received his brain-cancer diagnosis. The governor refused to publicly discuss any potential appointment and condemned those lobbying for McCain’s seat while the late senator was still serving.
That changed on Aug. 25 in the hours following McCain’s death. In a conversation with Kyl, the governor told him he wanted to name him as McCain’s successor and that Kyl “was the best person to take this seat,” the aide said.
Kyl got back to Ducey the next day after consulting with his wife. He told the governor he would be willing to serve until at least the end of the year.
“He felt a sense of service, largely because it was John McCain’s seat and he had served with him for so long,” the aide said.
I have to admit, had I known then, what I know now about John McCain, I would have voted Independent, or not at all, before I would have cast a vote for him.
What the media lauds as a war hero is actually just a daddy’s boy that got everything handed to him in life, got favors he never should have gotten, was generally a scumbag his entire life, and was assisted by the leftist media the whole way.
I stand with President Trump on his opinion of John McCain. Being captured does not make you a war hero. Being dubbed “Songbird” by your fellow POW’s for divulging secrets to the enemy and doing propaganda broadcasts on their behalf definitely does not make you a hero.
When I came across this piece by Lew Rockwell, I had to share.
First a bit of an introduction on the meaning of HERO…
The word hero in today’s world is far overused. “Hero” is so much overused it has diluted the value and real meaning and has cheapened the word for those who actually deserve the term. For example, we have foot ball heroes, NASCAR heroes, and everyday police, fire fighters, and even our everyday military folks are called heroes for just doing their jobs. I too amongst many millions of others was in the military and I am certainly not a hero for simply serving–I did nothing heroic.
A hero does something truly heroic and above what his job or calling is and many times that may mean to save a life and at great risk to his life or to sit atop a burning tank with a machine gun and kill a couple hundred attacking Germans as Audie Murphy (America’s most decorated hero) did in WWII. By applying the word hero to sports figures and even cancer survivors (I am one of those too) we have turned the term hero into an everyday word having little real value anymore–we have diluted the word, its meaning, and its value. We should stop destroying this word, its meaning and its value and return it and the people who earned the title for real to the status it once had.
I am a conservative and a Republican, and I do not like anything about John McCain. He dumped his wife when she was injured in an accident, remarried into serious beer distribution money. His soft television interview voice belies the way he really is; mean, nasty, hot tempered, vindictive, a progressive, a back stabber (ask Palin) and quick to pretend and project he is a nice guy. Look at how he back stabbed and treated Sarah Palin after HIS engineered massive loss of the presidency–and that loss was all caused by him alone.
To show his real colors towards our Constitution and the Second Amendment I learned he even he appeared on television and print ads in Colorado media advocating more gun control of its citizens during Colorado’s consideration of more gun control during the 2002 election period. Imagine, a Republican, Arizona U.S. senator traveling to another state to attack their Second Amendment Constitutional rights.
McCain all by himself nearly sank a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier…
McCain, when a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy was a Navy pilot (they call themselves aviators). July 29, 1967 while on the deck and in his plane on the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal he managed to screw up procedures (officially denied and covered up by him and the Navy and also even promoted on Wikipedia if you care to look–reason to follow). He did a smart ass punk attention getting trick by doing a “wet start” up of his jet.
When a pilot wants to be a wise ass or show off, this type of engine start creates a large startling flame and lots of surprise noise from the rear of a jet engine on start up–this was no accident. This and the large subsequent electrical surge and apparent (incorrect and against policy) weapon arming (by the pilot) caused the launching of a powerful Zuni rocket across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes (photo below) that were packing 1,000 high-explosive pound bombs. The subsequent massive explosions, fire and destruction went several decks below and nearly sunk this major 82,000 ton U.S. aircraft carrier.
This stunt and aftermath caused the deathof 134 sailors and seriously injure (blow off arms legs, cause blindness and burns to another 161 sailors) and took the ship off the battle line for extensive repairs. Any other Navy pilot causing this type of death and destruction the Navy would have raped him and he would probably still be in the brig. Why not McCain? Well, first with many powerful connections this “little infraction” was covered up by the Navy (our most politically involved/connected service by the way).
You see his grandfather was a famous FOUR STAR Navy admiral and his dad was at the time of the incident was a powerful Navy FOUR STAR admiral and McCain graduated from the Navy Academy. So the old boy Navy tradition cover his ass network went into high gear immediately; and make no mistake, it does exist and it did for him.
So when McCain was shot down and captured allegedly he, due to his father’s high rank the Communists were so impressed that McCain was offered up BY THE COMMUNISTS to be returned to the U.S. to show some type of recognition of his importance as the son of an active duty very powerful and influential U.S. Navy four star admiral (and he was). And then the fairy tale continues that McCain himself turned down the early release while still under the care of a communist doctor for his injuries so he could remain with his fellow prisoners for years and be tortured–oh sure! And remember, any information about his first hand refusal to stay a prisoner comes from him relating it to others.
Let’s say it were true. Then that would mean the hardcore Communist enemy fighting an active war against the U.S. deferred to his “importance and influence” and that of his dad (according to the story line).
So I ask you…if an enemy thought this much of him and his four star admiral dad, would not our own U.S. Navy during their “investigation” of the Zuni missile launch from his parked plane while he was in the cockpit starting it up also NOT do this for him and sweep this little infraction which could have sunk an aircraft carrier under the rug? You betcha! Of course the Navy covered up the Forrestal disaster for McCain and his family and Navy tradition.
BUT, think about this. Since when can any POW tell his Communist captures he does not want to go or do something–and they then obey him and his desires and requests? Anyone who believes that is a moron! It is all bullshit later created to advance a political future for this “heroic” navy pilot and former P.O.W..
But let’s pretend it is true. If it were true, probably the Communists wanted him back on duty so he could blow the hell out of another Navy ship–because they sure did not have the resources to cause this type of damage to our forces themselves.
After the war and the prisoner exchange McCain was allowed to continue his service and retired from the (old boy network) Navy as a Captain (a rank just short of admiral).
There is so much more on McCain but it would take too much to cover. The bottom line is Trump is correct when he says McCain is NOT a hero. Sure Trump is a huge pain in the ass, but it does not mean he does not know what he is talking about either. It is possible McCain did some sort of heroic type effort survival things like living through torture as did so many others during their capture–but he sure as hell isNOT a hero. Being a P.O.W. is not being a hero.
Escaping and then leading an attack back on his captures as Army Special Forces Lt. Colonel (then Lieutenant) James N. (Nick) Rowe did the next day after his escape and helicopter discovery and rescue all after being held in a tiny cage (and tortured) and having to live in far worse conditions than Hanoi Hilton for five years in the jungle of Viet Nam. Rowe, while racked with near death dysentery and weighing just 125 pounds of his original 180, barely able to walk did just that–he insisted on boarding a chopper to lead an attack against his former keeper’s camp deep in enemy territory before they could move to another location. Now that is pretty damn heroic–and he got nothing for that.
In fact, you probably have never heard of him.
And when McCain makes self-serving remarks in a recent blatantly disingenuous effort to curry a connection with today’s younger voters in response to Trump’s mid-July comments by saying…“TODAY’S military people are better than his generation…” that remark has him spitting directly in the face of the many hundreds of thousands of those who served, lived, survived and died in our military during the years 1954 to 1981–McCain’s time on duty including his four years in the Navy Academy (the official headquarters for the good old boy network and its graduates).
Last, true to his behavior pattern of it’s always the other guy’s fault and he is just a really sweet guy McCain is working to try to convert and reposition Trump’s public stated opinion of McCain personally to make it look like Trump means what he said is about all former POWs.
Hey, it is just what McCain does and who he really is!
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 4th, 2018