Trump supporters will be energized to learn a major supporter of the president is on the short list to take over the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) seat.
Rep. Martha McSally is reportedly being considered by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill the Arizona seat, which is currently being held by Sen. John Kyl.
Jon Kyl was the initial replacement for McCain named by Ducey, but he has decided to retire at the end of the year.
With Kyl leaving, McSally is one of three names being floated to fill the seat.
But the consideration of McSally is not sitting well with anti-Trump elites in the Republican party.
Most of these “feelings” are due to a memo McSally sent out regarding her recent loss for Arizona’s other seat during the midterm elections.
McSally said that a specific demographic proved to be too tough to recruit because they were “hostile [toward] President Trump, and [were] against the Kavanaugh nomination.”
“This segment of moderate Republicans, especially woman [sic], proved very difficult to bring home to a Republican candidate that supported President Trump and the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh,” she said.
The ire between Trump and Arizona Republicans runs rather deep at this point.
With both Sens. McCain and the outgoing Jeff Flake being strongly against Trump, it is no wonder voters in this state are also against the president.
Other Possible Candidates
In addition to McSally, there are two other names on the list that may make establishment and elite Republicans a little happier.
The current state treasurer, Eileen Klein, who was appointed by Ducey, is also believed to be a top candidate for the seat.
The list is rounded out with Kirk Adams, who is Ducey’s former chief of staff as well as being a former speaker on the State House of Representatives.