Posted on | January 4, 2011 | 7 Comments
If you’re a regular dude looking for a date, you go to a bar or use an online dating service. If you’re a United States Senator, you just get the taxpayers to hire you a girlfriend:
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says he plans to marry his girlfriend and former director of his state offices.
Baucus said Monday he and Melodee Hanes were engaged over the Christmas holiday in Helena. The 69-year-old veteran Democrat says they intend to marry in Montana this summer.
Baucus and his second wife, Wanda, divorced in early 2009 after 25 years of marriage.
The senator recommended Hanes for Montana’s U.S. attorney post in 2009, a move that later came under scrutiny due to their relationship.
By then, Hanes had withdrawn her name from consideration and instead took a job with the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
Entirely leaving aside the divorce issue, no politician should ever — ever — date a member of his official staff, whose salaries are paid with tax dollars, and who are not on the public payroll to provide romantic companionship to elected officials.
At least Eliot Spitzer hired his whores with his own money.