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 McCainEx-senator challenges Trump to get X-rays proving he had bone spurs during Vietnam draft McSally spoke with Trump, said McCain deserved respect Trump rolls dice on uncertain economy 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 TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin 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 ClintonClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Hillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Man accused of mailing pipe bombs to Dems pleads guilty 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.