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 McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push 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.