December 5th, 2009
03:06 PM ET
3 months ago

Steele calls for Ethics Committee hearing on Baucus

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called for an Ethics Committee hearing on Sen. Baucus Saturday.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called for an Ethics Committee hearing on Sen. Baucus Saturday.

Washington (CNN)– Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called for a Senate Ethics Committee hearing to evaluate any possible wrongdoing by Sen. Max Baucus Saturday.

In a statement released by the RNC  Steele said:

"Today's report that Senator Max Baucus used his Senate office to advance a taxpayer funded appointment for his staff-member girlfriend raises a whole host of ethical questions. This issue demands the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee. They should hold a hearing to identify who was involved in this process, what they knew and when they knew it, and why Senator Baucus put his personal needs above those of the people of Montana."


Filed under: Max Baucus • Michael Steele
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Albo58

    Sen. Max Baucus has no pride, no integrity and currently, no regrets. Perhaps the Senate Ethics committee can investigate and promptly do absolutely NOTHING about it? All these rats should be in jail!

    December 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Why cant the antichrist be a woman

    Good,and while your at it uncle Mike,could we please see your high school diploma?

    December 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. S M R

    The Republican's have alot of nerve to point fingers, their party is the One that receive MILLIONS from Lobbiest's to kill ANY Legislation that would benefit the Average American.

    December 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Woonsocket

    Baucus needs to resign NOW.

    December 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Tommygunn

    Mr Steele, becareful of throwing stones and living in a GLASS HOUSE. I'm sure everyone on CAPITAL HILL knew of this and the ones that didn't had their heads in the sand.

    Mr Baucus, it's best you get off the BLUE DOG kick and VOTE DEMOCRAT on the HEALTHCARE BILL, or face further scrutiny on your liberal practices....

    December 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Todd

    When stepanfetchit gets elected to the House he can call for ethics investigations. Until then he should stick to repeating the fatwahs he receives from ayatollah limbaugh.

    December 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Todd

    Sorry - electe to the senate....or even dog catcher of Pieoria....

    December 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Newt's Responsiblity

    Steele is an absolute joke.

    December 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    M. Steele needs to shut up and run what is left of the Republican party before they wake up and run him off.

    December 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. a

    ahhh poor GOP they are hurting really bad

    December 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Kandi, LA

    Get in line, the Ethics Committee is too busy dealing with Ensign and the other sleezy GOPers.

    December 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Gary

    Please, we all know that the Democrats are corrupt. Rangel should have resigned months ago....now Baucus. The Democratic culture of corruption.

    December 5, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    I'm sure glad Steele asked for the same treatment of Senator Ensign with his adultery and cover-up conspiracy – or else he would look foolish ..... again.
    Steele is a fool and even when he has a legitimate concern it is meaningless because he is a pathetic joke. But that is why he fits in so well with the rest of the Repub clowns.

    Palin/Steele 2010

    December 5, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. I believe

    Instead of worrying Baucus, Steele you need to worry about what you gonna do when your own party fires you as their Chairman and yes trust me its just a matter of time before they do. I predict if all goes well for them in 2010, you will be most definitely be a GONER STEELE.

    December 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. gary davis harbor oregon

    WHAT A JERK ..maybe we should investigate Mr. Steele all the way back to when he was and were he was born ? and go forward and see if he has any thing in his closet . LOL bet he is not perfect either , bet he wouldn't want to have his life under a microscope !
    maybe we should check him out . he is a representative of the republican party so his life should be made public . and maybe see how far the republican party will go to protect there mouth peice again LOL LOL LOOOOOL :)

    December 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Look who's calling the kettle black..........

    Okay Mr. Steele....
    If a Senator attempted to appoint his ex-girlfriend who never was appointed.....there's nothing to probe because the conflict of interest appointment never occured Bozo.
    However, I appreciate your temporary fervor over ethics reform issues. Can you manage to maintain your ethics reform fervor for the Republican Senator who paid his mistress' parents $96,000 in gifts and actually completed a conflict of interest appointment for his mistress' husband for keeping him quiet???
    Just what I thought Mr. Bozo Steele.....

    December 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Bobby Boy

    Sure, the Democrats will get right on that ethics investigation of Baucus. Right after they finish up with the one on Charlie Rangel.

    December 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. andrewstl

    has there ever een anybody more humorous in a rolw than mike steele.

    is he balck white both . make up your mind mike ur a joke

    December 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. KATHLEEN

    I am NOT happy with the Democrat Max Baucus wanting to "start
    over" on the HEALTH CARE BILL AND STRONG PUBLIC OPTION.

    Michael Steele won't have to worry about Baucus! The republicans,
    who will NEVER stand up for the hard working class people either.
    I have NO RESPECT for Michael Steele, the Republican's PUPPET!

    So what do we have to choose from: Idiotic, greedy Democrats
    like Blanche Lincoln, Max Baucus, Mary Landrieu! who are receiving millions for their personal riches directly paid by the CROOKED INSURANCE COMPANIES!!! My the Insurance companies sure have
    a lot of money to throw around! and on terrible "scare tactic" TV ads!!!

    OR Republicans
    who "just act like they are working for "the people". Remember Bush and Cheney wanted to "privatize" Social Security. What a disaster that would have been!!!! Putting S.S. in the stock market!!!!! What Republicans voted for that one! And Democrats? Who voted for that?
    Transparancy PLEASE! It could have happened to us!!!

    Republicans and Democrats alike are getting
    paid millions by the BIG INSURANCE companies to STOP the
    Health Care Public Option and let us taxpayers pay for their's
    and their whole family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our politicians are crooked!!!!!
    except for the ones that are voting for a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION!
    It is time for the BAD POLITICANS WHO ARE STEALING FROM
    THE TAXPAYER TO BE WEEDED OUT!!!!!

    December 5, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if I were you Mr. Steele I would be more concerned about the KNIFE in your back that you're own party is trying to put into you. But as Ms. Backmann says "U DA MAN" and just be careful as you hip -hop back to your hizzy!

    December 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Georgette

    Ah, the phony outrage from the phony Mr. Steele.

    December 5, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. KATHLEEN

    Mr. Steele,

    I think we should have and ETHICS Committee hearing on all
    the Politicians voting against the Health Care Reform STRONG
    Public Option for all those Republicans and Democrats that
    have "taken", "received" for their personal gain, millions of Dollars from the Insurance
    Companies!!!!!!

    I WANT TO KNOW who took money from the Insurance Companies
    to deny Americans Health Care Reform!!!! McCain in Arizona! Did
    HE? I heard he lives near AETNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Proud member of "Global Zero:

    This is the only thing that I agree with Steele about.

    December 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. yankeegirl15

    Hey Homey; check out C street on the hood first before you go running your pie hole.

    December 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Mariann Pepitone

    tommygun: Michael Steele can throw stones because there is no scandal against him. And he is right. Why should Bucus not be in the same category as Sanford? He was living with this woman while he was separated from his wife and maybe that's why they separated. Then to get her a top job. He should resign just like Spitzer did.

    December 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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