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Democrat Baucus Nominated His Girlfriend To Be A Federal Prosecutor

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Max Baucus

I don’t usually talk about the politics of personal destruction…well, unless a politician abuses his or her power. And this is one of those times.

From Roll Call:

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana.

According to a source familiar with their relationship, Hanes and Baucus began their relationship in the summer of 2008 – nearly a year before Baucus and his wife, Wanda, divorced in April 2009. The Senator had informally separated from his wife in March 2008 and they were living apart when he began dating Hanes, according to Baucus’ office.

I don’t care who met who and when it happened…if you’re sleeping with somebody and you’re in a position of power it’s not appropriate to nominate them for a job. No way, no how.

What a blunder!

So, will this undermine Baucus’ work on the health care bill?

UPDATE:
A fellow editor over at True/Slant has convinced me that calling Hanes Baucus’ “mistress” isn’t exactly accurate given the circumstances. Also calling her a “federal attorney” is too broad of a distinction.