There is something hilariously outlandish about the disgrace of Montana Senator Max Baucus having nominated his girlfriend to be a candidate for the position of United States Attorney for Montana. David Bernstein captures the relevant details in “Baucus scandal.”
Bernstein quotes the helpful explanation of Baucus’s spokesman on the withdrawal of Baucus’s girlfriend from consideration for the position: “Mr. Baucus and Ms. Hanes…decided that she should withdraw her name from consideration because the couple wanted to live together in Washington, [Baucus spokeman Tyler] Matsdorf said.” Bernstein comments” “Matsdorf, it should be noted, is Baucus’s spokesman, and that’s the best he could do!”
Bernstein also comments on Ms. Hanes’s qualifications to serve as United States Attorney: “[S]pending the last six years working as a Senator’s field office and state office director (i.e., not even working as a lawyer) hardly seems like the kind of credentials one expects from a U.S. attorney candidate, and certainly not one purportedly recommended ‘solely on the basis of her credentials.’”
Bernstein credits Main Justice with breaking this story and with securing this testimonial from Ms. Hanes’s ex-husband: “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.”
UPDATE: I should have noted that Hanes currently holds down a position at the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Perfect!
Note who broke this story — not the New York Times.