Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) who once criticized President Donald Trump for his “nepotism” is ready and willing to succeed her husband, according to reports. (No hypocrisy there, right?)
Cindy, once a special education teacher who inherited majority control and became chair her father’s business, Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States upon his death in 2000, may be once again posed to “inherit” her husband’s current senate position.
Many believe that Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) will appoint Cindy once Sen. McCain either steps down or passes away from his battle with brain cancer.
A long-term friend of the McCain’s since 1973 when Sen. McCain returned from captivity in Vietnam, said about what Ducey may do:
“I’ve always assumed that was the arrangement.”
A former Republican senator agreed and said:
“I don’t know if this [succession] has been formalized, but that’s what people who know John tell me.”
Another source indicated that supporters of McCain had notified Ducey that Cindy had been chosen to take Sen. McCain’s place.
If Sen. McCain leaves before his term ends in 2022, then according to Arizona law, the governor of Arizona would have to appoint a person to replace him.
That individual would be required to be a Republican since Sen. McCain is a member of the Republican Party.
The appointed replacement would serve until the next general election which occurs every two years in Arizona.
If his seat becomes open before June 1, state law would require a special election in the fall of 2018.
The person elected during the general election would then serve out the rest of McCain’s term.
Cindy was very active in Sen. McCain’s in 1982 campaign, walking door to door with him and often throwing elaborate fundraisers for him.
Cindy was also active in both of Sen. McCain’s unsuccessful bids to become president, in 2000 and 2008.
Sen. McCain’s inability to reach his goal to become president seem to some to have left him bitter at times toward Trump who easily accomplished what McCain only aspired to do.
Many scrutinized Cindy during Sen. McCain’s presidential campaigns because of her reluctance to release her separate income tax and many pondered if she became First Lady and what her role in her inherited company would be if Sen. McCain won the election.
Is Cindy qualified to become Sen. Cindy McCain or would she even want the position?
Do the people of Arizona want her?
We may never know the answers to these questions because Ducey hasn’t weighed in on the conversation nor has he confirmed that Cindy would be appointed should it become necessary.
If fact, Ducey’s top aide Kirk Adams, a former speaker of the state House of Representatives and Karrin Taylor Robson, a multi-millionaire businesswoman and member of the State Board of Regents have also been mentioned as possible successors.
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