Republicans want an ethics investigation. I asked Iowa Senator Tom Harkin what he thought of the news of his fellow Democrat. He said he didn’t really have a comment about the story. He told me he first learned of the story this morning by reading the newspaper. And he added, “Issues like this…best just to wait until all the facts come out and stuff like that.”
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Montana Senator Max Baucus apparently dated his staffer and then recommended her for a post for U.S. attorney in his state. Baucus doesn’t sound like he is denying the recommendation. The staffer/girlfriend has numerous Des Moines ties. Melodee Hanes graduated from Drake University in Des Moines. She later served as Assistant Polk Couny Attorney and as an adjunct law professor at Drake, according to her resume.
Harkin also predicted a health bill will pass out of the senate before Christmas with a bill to the president in January. And he continues to say a public option will be part of the final bill.