Senator Max Baucus Nominated His Girlfriend Melodee Hanes for U.S. Attorney
Max Baucus, The Senate Finance committee Chairman recommended her girlfriend Melodee Hanes for U.S attorney in Montana, a spokesman said.
Hanes was Baucus’ former state office director and the two became romantically involved after the senator divorced his wife. According to reports, the Montana Democrat nominated Hanes but she withdrew her nomination citing more appealing opportunities she couldn’t pass up
According to the Associated Press, Senator Baucus had submitted six names for nomination to a third party reviewer, who then eliminated three, leaving Hanes and two other nominees. His spokesman, Ty Matsdorf, said the senator sent the three names without ranking.
“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.” said Matsdorf.
Hanes had worked for the senator for seven years, beginning in 2002. This year she began her new job with the U.S. Department of Justice.
[via HuffPo , photo credit: US Senate]