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(D-MT) Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Attorney job (nothing to see here folks)
Politico ^ | 12/5/2009 | Manu Raju

Posted on 12/05/2009 8:12:32 AM PST by markomalley

Max Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, recommended that the White House nominate his girlfriend as a U.S. attorney in Montana, his office announced late Friday night.

Earlier this year, Baucus recommended that the White House consider Melodee Hanes and two other names for the U.S. attorney post – at the same time that the senator was carrying on a romantic relationship with Hanes, who had been his state director. Baucus was separated with his wife at the time when the two began their involvement, according to a source familiar with the situation, and now the two are divorced from their spouses and live together on Capitol Hill.

Baucus’ office contends that Hanes was recommended because of her qualifications – and that the relationship had nothing to do with her nomination to the position or their respective divorces from their spouses.

“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,” Ty Matsdorf, Baucus’ spokesman, said in a statement.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: baucus; bloggersandpersonal; conflictofinterest
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1 posted on 12/05/2009 8:12:32 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

R-I-G-H-T. No wonder he pushed the healthcare scam—he wanted a big job for his girlie friend.


2 posted on 12/05/2009 8:15:44 AM PST by Achilles Heel
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To: markomalley

3 posted on 12/05/2009 8:16:05 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“Hanes was recommended because of her qualifications “


4 posted on 12/05/2009 8:16:38 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
“Hanes was recommended because of her qualifications “

"Both of them." ;)

5 posted on 12/05/2009 8:18:21 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: markomalley
"his office announced late Friday night"

People don't dump information after 11:00 pm on a Friday night when it's good news. But, I won't hold my breath for Matt and Meredith to talk about this like they have Ensign or Sanford - where it's NOT in alleged in either of those two cases that Sanford or Ensign used their position of influence to financially benefit their whores.

6 posted on 12/05/2009 8:18:37 AM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: Achilles Heel
"Having extensive experience and qualifications in the field, Ms. Hanes was awarded the position"

LOL

7 posted on 12/05/2009 8:18:46 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: markomalley
Baucus was separated with his wife at the time when the two began their involvement, according to a source familiar with the situation...

Yeah, sure. Both of them messing around, and now divorced and living together. What is wrong with politicians in general? Are they all immoral?
8 posted on 12/05/2009 8:19:24 AM PST by tongue-tied
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To: Paladin2

Well, doesn’t she look like the cat that ate the canary. He left wife #1 and wife #2—what makes her think she’s so special? I guess after a certain point they figure the guy’s too old to attract anyone younger so they have it made.


9 posted on 12/05/2009 8:19:34 AM PST by firebrand
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To: markomalley
Baucus’ office contends that Hanes was recommended because of her qualifications ...

Shouldn't we make that judgement during the swimsuit competition?

10 posted on 12/05/2009 8:19:44 AM PST by depressed in 06 (ZerOcare: Bureaucratic best practices equals death panels.)
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To: tongue-tied
"What is wrong with politicians in general?"

MT needs a clean-up in the left aisle.

11 posted on 12/05/2009 8:21:49 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: markomalley

Be careful who you want to hang. Baucus was one of the two Montana Senators that turned around the DOD decision to stop the sale of surplus military brass into civilian hands when our “Conservative” Senators were sitting on their thumbs. Any friend of the second amendment is a friend of the constitution regardless if they are an immoral democrat or not, and we have precious little of them in Washington.


12 posted on 12/05/2009 8:26:51 AM PST by Big_Harry ( Thank God I am an "Infidel"!)
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To: firebrand

As long as the guy can pass out plum fed jobs, there is no such thing as too old.


13 posted on 12/05/2009 8:31:12 AM PST by stop_fascism (Georgism is Capitalism's best, last hope)
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To: markomalley

Max Baucus, chairman of the (powerful Senate Finance Committee).No questions here.


14 posted on 12/05/2009 8:31:53 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Paladin2

these days showing some knee equals qualifications.


15 posted on 12/05/2009 8:35:28 AM PST by isom35
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To: markomalley

Just out of curiosity, I looked at CNN.com and MSNBC.com to see if they’re covering the story - not a single word on CNN.com, but surprisingly, MSNBC.com has it on the front page, and in the politics section, FWIW.


16 posted on 12/05/2009 8:39:35 AM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: markomalley

Since he was banging the old broad while still married, when do we get to see his emails.


17 posted on 12/05/2009 8:46:31 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Oh, and will other women come forward? Paging the National Enquirer....


18 posted on 12/05/2009 8:47:36 AM PST by Achilles Heel
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To: isom35
It's not showing Knees, it having knee carpet burns.
19 posted on 12/05/2009 8:47:52 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: markomalley

Baucus needs to go bye-bye.

Wake up Montana!


20 posted on 12/05/2009 8:55:19 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley

“Baucus’ office contends that Hanes was recommended because of her qualifications”
What qualifications are we talking about, scum?


21 posted on 12/05/2009 8:57:33 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: markomalley

If only this were another Tiger Woods gal. Then again, it’s a democrat and all he did was break basic Human Resources guidelines and probably the law - quid pro quo and all that...


22 posted on 12/05/2009 9:00:57 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Salvation

Baucus won re-election in 2008 by a 73-27 margin. It’ll be 2014 before that POS has to stand again.


23 posted on 12/05/2009 9:02:20 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Paladin2

Guilty, with the 6th amendment brought up by the defense attorney.


24 posted on 12/05/2009 9:11:03 AM PST by Aussie-American
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To: Vigilanteman

Recall.


25 posted on 12/05/2009 9:16:57 AM PST by IbJensen (Merry Christmas to everyone, especially the ACLU)
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To: markomalley

When a Republican does this, he is expected to resign. When a dem does it, he gets pats on his back from the rest of his corrupt, cheating buddies and a pass to go forth with more of the same..


26 posted on 12/05/2009 9:30:09 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: tongue-tied

No, not all of them. There is probably more corruption among politicians than the general public, though. Just because when you mix money, power, and government, the corruption seems to rise to the surface.


27 posted on 12/05/2009 9:59:13 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Note to Montanans: What could have made you elect a guy who is this low on the morality scale and is attempting to bankrupt our country with his idiotic, insane version of “health care”? Please do not foist this loser on us again!


28 posted on 12/05/2009 10:00:44 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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