Senator Max Baucus Nominated Girlfriend To Be US Attorney; As Story Breaks He Votes With Republicans
Why should only Republicans have messy public/professional lives? Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus was dating a former staffer when he recommended her for a position as US Attorney for Montana.
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, a Senate leader helping to shepherd President Barack Obama’s efforts to expand health care, 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.
Baucus 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.
Baucus withdrew her name when the couple decided to live together. The nomination by President Obama went to Helena attorney Michael Cotter. Funny that as this story broke, Baucus has been acting like a Republican:
On Friday, Baucus went against his party and backed a Republican effort to eliminate a long-term care insurance program to help seniors and the disabled. Republicans argued that the new plan would be a drain on the federal budget.Click here for reuse options!
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