The live-in girlfriend of Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is a political appointee in the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, reports MainJustice.com. Both the Justice Department and Baucus contend that Melodee Hanes, who earlier was recommended by Baucus to be U.S. attorney in Montana, is qualified for the juvenile justice job.
Hanes is OJJDP’s acting Deputy Administrator for Policy. The Republican National Committee called for a Senate ethics investigation of Baucus, questioning, apparently in respect to the U.S. attorney recommendation, whether he used “his Senate office to advance a taxpayer funded appointment for his staff-member girlfriend.” The situation “raises a whole host of ethical questions,” the RNC said. Hanes withdrew her name from the U.S. attorney position and accepted the juvenile justice job.