Shocker- Dem Senator Nominated Mistress to be US Attorney in Montana

But he’s a democrat so it’s OK.
Melodee Hanes started working for Senator Baucus in 2002.
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County Attorney Melodee Hanes left her job to work for Sen. Max Baucus’ re-election campaign. (Billings Gazette)

Democratic Senator Max Baucus nominated his girlfriend to be US Attorney in Montana while they were dating.
Roll Call reported:

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana.

According to a source familiar with their relationship, Hanes and Baucus began their relationship in the summer of 2008 – nearly a year before Baucus and his wife, Wanda, divorced in April 2009. The Senator had informally separated from his wife in March 2008 and they were living apart when he began dating Hanes, according to Baucus’ office.

Hanes ended her employment with Baucus in the spring of this year.

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