Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus defended recommending his girlfriend for appointment as Montana's U.S. attorney, saying Saturday his one-time staff member and the former state prosecutor is "highly qualified" but eventually withdrew her nomination. . . . Baucus, who is helping lead Democratic efforts to expand health care, recommended Hanes for the federal prosecutor job in February. The senator said he appointed an independent, third-party reviewer and established "an open and fair process" that resulted in her name and two others being sent, unranked, to the White House for consideration. Baucus said he did not know whether the reviewer — who is a long-time campaign donor to Baucus — knew about the senator's relationship with Hanes. . . . Hanes withdrew in March, saying she did so because she received other opportunities she couldn't pass up. Hanes was hired in June as a top official in the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-12-05-baucus-nominee_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip
Baucus recommended his girlfriend for appointment as Montana's U.S. attorney, had the nomination "reviewed" by a long-time campaign donor, and then got her another job as a top official in the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. And, he wants you to think that nothing fishy went on.
Ignore whether she's the right person to be involved in "Delinquency Prevention".
Instead, focus on the fact that he thinks you're stupid enough to buy that story.
It's clear Baucus can't be trusted to run "Democratic efforts to expand health care" in the Senate.
By the way - - a senator spending my tax money on high level executive jobs for female staff he's messing around with is a much more important story than a golfer spending his own money cheating on his wife.