Washington (CNN)— Sen. Max Baucus’ office confirmed Saturday the Montana Democrat was in a relationship with a woman he also recommended for U.S. Attorney.
According to a statement released by the senator's office, both Baucus and Melodee Hanes decided to withdraw her name for personal reasons, adding that their relationship was not the cause of their respective divorces.
"When Senator Baucus and Melodee Hanes, his former state director, realized that their relationship was developing beyond a purely professional nature, Melodee began the process of resigning her Senate employment," Ty Matsdorf, a spokesman for Sen. Baucus said in a 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."
The statement, which includes a copy of Hanes' resume, shows years of political and defense experience. Her name was one of six recommended for U.S. Attorney. After "extensive evaluation," by a third party, Hanes' name was submitted as one of three to be considered for the position, it said. After further interviews by Baucus and the junior senator from the state, Jon Tester, Hanes' name was submitted to the White House along with two other top candidates, it added.
"While her personal relationship with Senator Baucus should in no way be either a qualifier or a disqualifier for the position, during the nomination process and after much reflection, both Senator Baucus and Ms. Hanes agreed that she should withdraw her name from consideration because they wanted to live together in Washington, DC," Matsdorf said.
Baucus, the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has been in the spotlight for his prominent role in the health care debate.
UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued a statement about the development, saying "Max is a good friend an outstanding Senator and he has my full support."
A Democratic leadership aide defended Baucus saying, "she withdrew of her own accord and is not the nominee. There's no real issue here other than that the press likes a good story where they can use the word "girlfriend." It's doubtful that there's any ethical and certainly no legal issues."
–CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.
don't they EVER learn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just another reason that we should have more women in congress than men.
It the men would think about something besides what is their pants it would be a miracle.
Is he crazy or what????? I hate cheaters!!!
I've lost all respect.
lolllll ! Thanks, I neeed that Max.
How hard is it for these politians- both parties – to keep their hands off co-workers?
More importantly- why don't they see things like jobs offers or promotions are goign to be seen as questionable when they do have an involvement?
This guy is a real creep... He is NOT working for Montana or the nation's best interests...only his own...and that of his girlfriend. This is the same political hack whose pockets are stuffed with healthcare industry cash...at the same time he is writing healthcare legislation for everyone but himself... The American voter needs to throw bums like this out of office. The arrogance is beyond anyone's imagination!
nad in so far as the health care debate goes, i will be very glad to see it go. and if it never comes back it will be too soon lol
We're all well aware that he's one of the many corrupt politicians working for corporate America rather than the people's interests. Hopefully the people in his state are smart enough to vote him out of office next election.
And these Congressional morons wonder why the American people do not trust any of them.
If you want to see a self-proclaimed Democrat who's kidding nobody, then look no further than Max Baucus.
He gets paid off by the Health Care industry and reeks of nepotism and corruption. He's not a Democrat. He's a Republican.
Don't get me wrong, Democrats aren't much better. Democrats (except for a rare few) are too spineless and weak to be corrupt.
It's a stupid choice to have to make, but I'd rather thave a spineless do-nothing Democrat than a greedy pro-corruption Republican. There's no going back to the good side for the conservatives...at least there's hope that one day Democrats (the good ones, not the Max Baucus kind) will actually do something positive for this country rather than letting the other side get their punches in.
Start removing all Career Politicians now!
First line of the story : "Sen. Max Baucus’ office confirmed Saturday the Montana Democrat ..."
So D, what part of that didn't you understand? You wing nuts gotta learn to read. Thinking independently would also help.
To the Texas Longhorn:
You folks in Texas should be the last ones to talk about immoral acts after having the Bush Administration for over eight years committing the most outrageous acts such as torture, ill truths which brought us to a nonjustified war in Iraq which led to the loss of thousands of young American lives, etc. This is what true immorality is !!
Another donkey, caught in the act...... Just say No to ObamaCare!
Baucus always has been just barely a Democrat. All he needs now is a gay scandal to become a full-fledged Republican senator.
Granted, no one is perfect in this world. But politicians seem so good at finding ways to pock themselves in the eyes.
...but he has Harry's full support! Funny how tight these rats become everytime they get caught doing something illegally or unethically. Throw these bums out NOW!
if she is qualified then why not?
more smutt in Washington,DC America needs to clean house of all.
This is what our Congress has turned into. As a matter of fact, this example is nothing compared with the way business gets done on Capital Hill. It's usually much worse and more corrupt than this, cash for favors, hiring for favors etc. The founding fathers are turning in their graves... Yes, these folks are elected, but as we all know, it takes TONS of cash to get elected nowadays...which means certain people have a huge edge and those without cash have to sell their souls to supporters and act as their puppets.... We should have term limits for all of Congress...period.
Isn't this guy a so called "Blue-Dog" Democrate who is just as much Repub as Dem?
So it would figure his slimey conservative side would come out – and nepotisim isn't as bad as what is typical of Repubs. At least his Repub side isn't as criminal as Cheney, Vitter, Ensign, Craig, Foley, Delay, Abremoff, Rove, etc., etc.
Bring on the 2010 elections so we can remove blue dogs and the obstructionist mob of "NO" progress.
Nothing wrong done, unless the lady failed to go to law school. Boy, we are prudes!
A comment mentioned possessives. All of y'all check 'em out further (Phrygian spring syndrome) before we lose all of our language:
Jesus' words in red;
the Kennedys' boats;
John Kennedy's rocking chair.
Baucus is just another scum bag that is camped out in Washington. The likes of him us thier influence to get their girl friends high paying jobs. This guy needs to be taken out of office and if possible recalled and fired.
D – didn't you read the article? The very first sentence says he's a Montana Democrat.