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Michael Bidwill: Now is not the time to discuss McCain’s replacement

Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill, right, talks with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, as they watch practice at the NFL football team's training camp Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — With the passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain, someone will have to be named as his successor in the Senate.

After being linked as a potential name in consideration for the seat, Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill joined KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos Show to discuss the late senator’s legacy and if there is any backing to the rumor.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Bidwill said when asked if he could be a replacement. “Now is not the time to talk about whoever the successor is, but I think it really is the time to talk about the great contributions that he gave our state, this country and the world.”

The Wall Street Journal speculated that Bidwill and Karrin Taylor Robson, an appointee of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to the Arizona Board of Regents, could be in the mix.

Other names being floated as potential successors are state political stalwarts Jon Kyl, who was McCain’s U.S. Senate partner from 1995 to 2013, former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods and former U.S. Rep. John Shadegg.

The only thing known for sure is that the replacement will be from McCain’s party, as required by state law.

This is the first time in Arizona history a governor has needed to appoint a U.S. Senator.

A Ducey spokesman said Sunday the governor would not name a replacement until sometime after McCain’s funeral, which has been scheduled for Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

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