PHOENIX (Real Fake News) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced today that he has appointed former Republican Senator John Kyl to the Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator John McCain last week.
Republicans, who lost a traditionally safe seat in Alabama last year, rejoiced at the news that they were gaining a seat back.
Democrats, meanwhile, were outraged that Gov. Ducey did not maintain the tradition of replacing deceased senators with a person of that senator’s party.
“Senator McCain was a reliable vote against the Republicans and their extremism,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). “Replacing him with a Republican who has shown a willingness to vote with Republicans on the most important issues facing our country is a betrayal of Sen. McCain and everything he stood for.”
“Appointing John Kyl to succeed John McCain is no different than Democrat Doug Jones succeeding Republican Jeff Sessions in Alabama,” replied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “With this appointment, Gov. Ducey has once again balanced the scales.”
Upon learning of Kyl’s appointment to McCain’s Senate seat, President Trump sent out a celebratory tweet stating, “With new GOP Senate majority, we can confirm Kavanaugh, fight illegal immigration, protect 1st Amdt, and repeal Obamacare! #MAGA”
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Upon graduation, Ken worked as a Legislative Aide to two Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ken also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, managed several successful political campaigns, and managed governmental affairs operations for a local Realtor association.
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