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Report: Cardinals president Michael Bidwill among options to replace John McCain

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 01:02:34-04

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill is one of the names being "circulated" as a possible replacement for late U.S. Senator John McCain, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

Siobhan Hughes wrote Sunday that Bidwill could be an option for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint McCain's replacement for the U.S. Senate. That replacement will serve through 2020.

Bidwill is one of six names mentioned in the WSJ story, along with Barbara Barrett, a former U.S. ambassador to Finland; Kirk Adams, Ducey's chief of staff and former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives; Karrin Taylor Robson, member of the Arizona Board of Regents; former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods; and McCain's wife, Cindy.

The 53-year-old Bidwill is the son of Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and has served as the Cardinals' president since 2007. He was a federal prosecutor in Phoenix before joining the Cardinals. In July, he co-authored a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of his former classmate Brett Cavanaugh, whom President Trump nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McCain passed away Saturday following a battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.

"Arizona, the United States and the world will never be the same without the voice of Senator John McCain," Bidwill said in a team-issued statement Saturday. "We are heartbroken by his passing but know that the character, courage and conviction that he demonstrated throughout his life will endure forever. All of us at the Arizona Cardinals extend our deepest condolences to his wife Cindy and their entire family. The world was a better place with Senator John McCain in it and we all mourn his loss tonight."

Bidwill took part in a moment of silence for McCain before the Cardinals' preseason game at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.