Grant Woods, the former Arizona attorney general and one-time chief of staff to the late John McCain, is thinking of running for McCain’s now vacant Senate seat, CBS News reports.
Woods told CBS early Thursday that he is considering a bid for the seat. He told Capitol Media Services that McCain’s recent death made it difficult to think about "staying on the sidelines as we face a world without John McCain."
"The country, I think, is really in a chaotic, difficult place," Woods added. "So I have to do some real soul searching and just make a decision here."
The former state’s attorney general, who ran twice as a Republican, also noted that running as a member of the GOP isn’t a "realistic possibility," as "things have changed" in the Republican Party.
"I haven't changed but the party has changed," Woods said. “If it wants to be the party of Trump, that's not me."
Although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declined to comment to CBS, Woods’ does have the vocal support of North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Heitkamp said that "Grant is a centrist, a dear friend, and someone I worked very closely with when we were both state attorneys general working to combat domestic violence and on habeas corpus. The Senate needs more public servants like him who want to get things done and who are willing to work with anyone to make that possible."
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