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Baucus Nominated Girlfriend For US Atty

From a forgiving Associated Press:

Aide: Baucus nominated girlfriend for US attorney

By Thomas Peipert, Associated Press Writer

December 5, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with a former staffer when he recommended her earlier this year to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana, a spokesman said.

The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008 after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told The Associated Press late Friday.

Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in March. But she later withdrew, saying she had been presented with other opportunities she couldn’t pass up.

The Senate leader who’s been a major proponent of Democratic health care legislation had submitted six names to a third-party reviewer, who whittled those to Hanes and two others. Matsdorf said the senator sent the three names to the White House with no ranking to select a nominee.

Matsdorf said Baucus’ relationship with his girlfriend had nothing to do with his decision.

"Senator Baucus recommended each of the three candidates based solely on qualifications, and merit, knowing whichever one the White House selected would serve Montana well," Matsdorf said.

The spokesman said Baucus and Hanes decided during the nomination process that she should withdraw her name because the couple wanted to live together in Washington, which they later did.

Matsdorf declined to say why the senator was just now disclosing the circumstances surrounding the nomination.

Baucus and his ex-wife Wanda announced last April that they planned to divorce after 25 years of marriage, his second. In a joint statement, they said they had "parted ways amicably and with mutual respect."

Hanes started working for Baucus in 2002 and was his state director before leaving his office earlier this year for a position in the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Mel is supremely qualified and she got to her current position based solely on her merit," Matsdorf said…

Ever notice how bad news about Democrats always manages to come out on the weekend?

That is, if it ever comes out at all.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Baucus Nominated Girlfriend For US Atty”

  1. canary says:

    AP: Aide: Baucus nominated girlfriend for US attorney
    By Thomas Peipert, Dec 5 2009

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was having an affair with his current girlfriend when he recommended her for U.S. attorney last year, his spokesman said late Friday.

    Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in Montana in March, but she later withdrew her name.

    The spokesman said Baucus and Hanes decided during the nomination process that she should withdraw her name from because the couple wanted to live together in Washington, as they now do.

    Hanes started working for Baucus in 2002 and was his state director before leaving his office earlier this year for a position in the U.S. Department of Justice.

    “Mel is supremely qualified and she got to her current position based solely on her merit,” Matsdorf said.

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  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “Matsdork said Baucus’ relationship with his girlfriend had nothing to do with his decision.”
    ***But the sex got better***

    Nothing to see here folks, now just move along and mind your own beeswax.

  3. everyeyeshallsee says:

    [I]f the demoncrafts think that we are not aware of their methods by now, well the news is out, we are awakening from our trusty sleep. God bless our men and women who serve freedom unselfishly.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    I nominate Max Baucus for National Whore and every citizen invited to … well this is a family forum, so I can’t say the rest of it.

  5. proreason says:

    Nothing here out of the ordinary at all.

    The grand solon has informed us that the affair only started after the separation from his wife, even though he has known the woman for 6 years of platonicy before that. The senator is virtually a bastion of integrity to control his urges for so long.

    He did recommend the woman for a prestiguous position after the affair began, but only based on her, uh, qualifications.

    And the, er, honest woman has decided not to accept the job because so many other lucrative opportunities that have arisen. The real story is that it’s another testament to Obamny’s resurrection of the economy.

    And like most marriages that break up after 25 years, the great man is parting amicably from his beloved wife.

    So, you see, this is hardly news.

  6. joeblough says:

    So help me, when I first saw the headline I couldn’t help reading it as

    Baucus Nominated Girlfriend-For-US-Atty

  7. Chuckk says:

    I feel sure the woman is well experienced, can furnish excellent recommendations, and has a good work history. She may know something about the law, too.

  8. pianogirl88 says:

    This is a career enhancement for a dimocrat ~ he could likely run for potus and nobody would bat an eyelash at him!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      At least he hasn’t drown anyone with a car …………. yet.
      (still room in his resume)

  9. U NO HOO says:

    Baucus, according to wikipedia, has a child named Zeno, Max must be a Marx Brothers fan.

  10. GL0120 says:

    Of course she was nominated based on her own merits; it’s just that her principal merit is her ability to suck a softball through a garden hose.


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