Talk about a sweetheart deal; well almost. Democratic Senator Max Baucus nominated his girlfriend for a post the US Attorney Office in Montana. Baucus who is the head of the Senate Finance Committee nominate Melodee Haines his former state director a representative of Sen. Baucus said.
Haines withdrew from the nomination when another career opportunity presented its self said Ty Matsdorf spokesperson for Senator Baucus. Baucus separated from his wife in 2008. Baucus had nominated Haines in March 2009.
Baucus sent six names to a third-party reviewer and three names sent back including Haines. The other names were Mike Cotter and Mike Wheat. Then the senator sent the three names to the White House. The Obama Administration selected Mike Cotter for the US Attorney of Montana. Cotter is awaiting conformation.
According Roll Call Magazine said Baucus was having an affair with Haines in the Summer of 2008 almost a year before Baucus and his wife Wanda divorced in April 2009 after 25 years of marriage.
Haines pulled her name out of consideration so she could move to Washington,D.C. Haines now works the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as a counselor to the administrator.
Baucus nominated Haines,based on qualifications and Merrit, Mastdon said.
“Senator Baucus recommended each of the three candidates based solely on qualifications, and merit, knowing whichever one the White House selected would serve Montana well,” Matsdorf said.
Matsdorf said Baucus and Haines withdrew the nomination because they wanted to live in Washington together.
Main Justice a website which broke the Haines nomination received a statement from Melodee Haines ex-husband Thomas Bennett of Billings: “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.”
Roll Call says Haines has worked with Baucus in a variety of posts since 2002 when she was finance director of his 2002 campaign.
From 2003 to 2005, she served as field director and counsel to his office. Hanes was Baucus’ state director and counsel from 2005 until this spring.
Previously, Haines worked as Deputy county Attorney of Yellowstone County,MT; where she prosecuted felony sexual assult and child molestations cases.
Baucus and Haines now live in the Eastern Market of Washington,D.C.