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Baucus gave girlfriend nod for attorney post

December 5, 2009

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— A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says the Montana Democrat was in a relationship with his current girlfriend when he recommended her for U.S. attorney.

Spokesman Ty Matsdorf says in Friday’s disclosure that the Finance Committee chairman and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began the relationship in the summer of 2008. Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in Montana last March.

Matsdorf says Baucus submitted six names to a reviewer, who whittled those to Hanes and two others and then Baucus submitted the three names to the White House with no ranking.

The spokesman says Baucus and Hanes decided during the nomination process that she should withdraw her name because the couple wanted to live together in Washington.

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