Baucus defends nominating girlfriend
Senator, staffer involved when he recommended her as a U.S. attorney
FILE - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., looks on before speaking to reporters about health care reform legislation, in this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo taken on Capitol Hill in Washington. A spokesman for Baucus said late Friday Dec. 4, 2009 the Montana Democrat was in a romantic relationship with the woman he nominated for U.S. attorney. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
In June, Melodee Hanes accepted a job as a counselor in the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, acknowledged Saturday that he was involved in a romantic relationship with a senior staff member at the same time he recommended her to be U.S. attorney for Montana.