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Sen. Baucus’ Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Atty. Job; She Opts to Live With Him Instead

Sen. Max Baucus/gov photo

Sen. Max Baucus/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — They say “politics makes strange bedfellows” and Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat, can certainly attest to that.

The news website Main Justice reports that Justice Department official Melodee Hanes, a former Baucus staffer, who is in a relationship with Baucus, withdrew her name as a finalist for the U.S. Attorney job in  Big Sky Country  “in order to live with the senator in Washington.”

Baucus nominated Hanes while he was having a relationship with her and she served  as his  state director, according to Roll Call. She withdrew her nomination, and shortly after stepped down as a Baucus staffer.

Melodee Hanes/facebook photo

Melodee Hanes/facebook photo

Main Justice’s Andrew Ramonas reports that Hanes’ ex-husband Thomas Bennett said: “She was recommended for the position because of a very close and personal relationship with Max Baucus and she withdrew because of a very close and personal relationship with Max Baucus.” Bennett and Hanes divorced in 2008.

To read more about this tangled web, go to Main Justice.

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