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Max S. Baucus
Democrat. Montana (House, 1975-77; Senate 1978-present)
The Honorable Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, nominated his girlfriend to serve as a federal prosecutor earlier in 2009, Baucus' office 'fessed up. But when the girlfriend became one of the three finalists for the job, and she and Max decided to live together in Washington, they decided to withdraw her nomination. Well, my, my . . . perhaps a little late in the propriety column, but at least she withdrew.
Baucus recommended several people to the post of U.S. attorney in Montana. One of them was Melodee Hanes, with whom Baucus was having an ongoing romantic relationship.
Here's what Baucus' press flak said in trying to defend his boss: "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, D.C."
Will they ever learn?
Source: Will Dunham, "Senator Baucus Recommended Girlfriend for Key Job: Aide," Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2009.