US Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was involved with his current girlfriend when he recommended her for US attorney.
The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008, after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told the Associated Press.
Baucus nominated Hanes for the US attorney post in Montana in March. But she later withdrew, saying she had been presented with other opportunities she couldn’t pass up.
The Senate leader had submitted six names to a third-party reviewer. Matsdorf said the senator sent the three names to the White House with no ranking.
The spokesman said Baucus and Hanes decided during the nomination process that she should withdraw her name because the couple wanted to live together in Washington, which they later did.