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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bagman's Boy Bumped Down A Bit

April 5th, 2011

We posted yesterday about the wild nepotism in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walkers administration. We also had a little fun comparing the Walker machine to some famous old-time Chicagoans. It's amazing what a little sunlight can do.  From The Journal Sentinel:

"Gov. Scott Walker abruptly reversed course today and demoted the son of a large campaign contributor to his former job with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing."

Translation - Walker got scared shitless when he discovered that in spite of his best efforts, we still live in the 21st Century.

"The move comes one day after the Journal Sentinel reported that Brian Deschane, 27, had landed an $81,500-a-year job in Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. The promotion amounted to a raise of 26%. His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association. The group's political action committee gave $29,000 to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, last year, making it one of the top five PAC donors to the governor's successful campaign. Members of the trade group also funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker's campaign over the past two years."

Translation - Yes, they rewarded the unqualified baby boy of a Bagman with a massive salary on the public dime while telling highly qualified professionals that they were greedy leaches for expecting half that much.

"The younger Deschane has no college degree, little management experience and two drunken driving convictions."

Translation - It is our humble speculation as to it being very unlikely anyone else would actually give the Bagman's Baby any job in this economy that does not have paper hats.

"Brian was moved to (the Department of) Commerce at the request of (Regulation and Licensing) Deputy Secretary John Scocos to head up a division that was eventually going to be moved to DRL," the statement said. "Deputy Secretary Scocos worked with Brian at DRL earlier this year and thought he could help with the transition of the Commerce division to DRL. "When Governor Walker learned of the details of this agency staffing decision, he directed his administration to move in another direction."

Translation - This is called covering your ass in an effort to protect the seedy, grimy inner-workings of your corrupt den of villainy.

"Walker chief of staff Keith Gilkes recommended Brian Deschane for a job with the Regulation and Licensing Department. In January, he became bureau director of board services, a position that paid $62,728 a year. His pay will return to the lower amount when he resumes duties Wednesday at the Department of Regulation and Licensing, Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said."

Translation - Walker and his team still don't have a clue that it's wrong for the Bagman's Baby to have this position at all. Or that the salary is still way too fucking much.

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