Saturday, December 5, 2009

All Maxed Up: Baucus Nominated Girlfriend For US Attorney

It's not as though nepotism should prove to be surprising among politicians. What is surprising is when they are caught. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a key player in the health care debate running through the Senate, was romantically involved with his current girlfriend, Melodee Hanes (photo above), when he recommended her for U.S. attorney in March of this year.

As Ty Matsdorf said in a statement (.PDF) late on Friday, the Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008, following the separation of Max Baucus and his now ex-wife Wanda. However, she later withdrew, saying she had other opportunities.

However, Matsdorf elaborated, saying that Max Baucus and Melodee Hanes (Facebook photos) had decided together to withdraw her name from nomination. They couple did so because they wanted to live together in Washington, D.C., which they later did.

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.

According to Matsdorf's statement, "With an extensive background as a prosecutor and extensive legal experience, Ms. Hanes submitted her name for consideration for the U.S Attorney position from Montana. Her name was one of six that was submitted for review by Senator Baucus to an independent, highly respected Montana attorney who reviewed the applications. After an extensive evaluation of all the applicants’ qualifications, Ms. Hanes was one of three applicants the third-party reviewer recommended for consideration. Senator Baucus and Senator Tester then interviewed those candidates and Senator Baucus then submitted those three names to the White House, with no ranking or preference."

The statement also noted that although both Max Baucus and Melodee Hanes are divorced, their relationship had not bearing on those separations.

President Barack Obama eventually nominated Helena attorney Michael Cotter for the job, which includes supervising prosecutors of all federal crimes committed in Montana and the state's seven Indian reservations. Cotter is awaiting confirmation.
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30 comments:

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Senator Baucus is currently in a mature and happy with Melodee Hanes. Both are divorced, and in no way their relationship has been the cause of their respective divorces.

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Max Baucus and Melodee Hanes had decided together to withdraw her name from nomination.

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Well I think that the couple did so because they wanted to live together in Washington,and they succeeded.

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After an extensive evaluation of all the applicants’ qualifications, Ms. Hanes was one of three applicants the third-party reviewer recommended for consideration.

Daniel Cabo said...

The despicable liberal political prostitute loser Baucus is leading the corruption of the Democratic Party under the fake African communist dictator Obama.

Sara Cabral said...

George Bush tried to get his girlfriend on the Supreme Court.

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The story never said they were still married when the relationship began. The story above is the original story, it was not changed, just the brief update added at the top.

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I don't understand why,Ms. Hanes submitted her name for consideration for the U.S Attorney position from Montana.

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Hanes started working for Baucus in 2002 and was his state director before leaving his office earlier this year.

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This is a major issue if she's patently unqualified for such a position. If she might have been a legitimate candidate for the position independent of her relationship to the Senator, then it's just a bit iffy.

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Jim DaBramo said...

Well Baucus spokesman Matsdorf issued a statement saying the Baucus-Hanes relationship wasn’t the cause of the divorce, nor did Baucus arrange for her job at the Justice Department.

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Nice blog,Senator Baucus and Senator Tester then interviewed those candidates and Senator Baucus then submitted those three names to the White House, with no ranking or preference.

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Max Baucus and Melodee Hanes gave their statement are divorced, their relationship had not bearing on those separations.

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They really wanted to live together in Washington, D.C., which they later did.

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Senate was romantically involved with his current girlfriend, Melodee Hanes, when he recommended her for U.S. attorney..

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Nice blog,Senator Baucus and Senator Tester then interviewed those candidates and Senator Baucus then submitted those three names to the White House, with no ranking or preference."

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Max Baucus and Melodee Hanes had decided together to withdraw her name from nomination. They couple did so because they wanted to live together in Washington, D.C., which they later did.

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Marcio Dirickson said...

Well If she might have been a legitimate candidate for the position independent of her relationship to the Senator, then it's just a bit iffy.Thanks

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Danny Demichele said...

If she might have been a legitimate candidate for the position independent of her relationship to the Senator, then it's just a bit iffy.

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That's fact,she might have been a legitimate candidate for the position independent of her relationship to the Senator, Thanks