Dems push for McCain friend to run for Senate: report

Dems push for McCain friend to run for Senate: report

National Democrats have begun lobbying Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general and former chief of staff to John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE, to run for McCain’s seat as a Democrat, according to The New York Times.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain until 2020, when there will be a special election to serve the remaining two years of McCain’s term.

Democrats have already started discussions with Woods about challenging Kyl as a Democrat, the Times reported, citing party officials familiar with the discussion.

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Grant, a close friend of the McCain family, has been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE.

McCain “would not stand by as people try to trample the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment,” he said in his eulogy for his former boss, who died earlier this month.

Grant, who is considered a moderate Republican, endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE in 2016.

“Hillary Clinton is one of the most qualified nominees to ever run for president. Donald Trump is the least qualified ever. The stakes are too high to stand on the sideline. I stand with Hillary Clinton for president," he said at the time.