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Monday, April 4, 2011

Scott Walker Rewards Bagman

April 4th, 2011
Update 7:15pm CST 4/5/2011 The situation has changed, but it ain't over.

In one of the most jaw-droppingly blatant acts of nepotism I have ever come across, Gov Scott Walker (R-WI) has given the bad-seed child of a major donor a spectacular job in his administration.

My condemnation of nepotism should carry some weight, dear reader. I grew up in Chicagoland.

Daniel Bice writes in The Journal Sentinel:

"Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.

Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.

How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team?

It's all in the family.

His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-basedWisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year's governor's race.

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. Even more impressive, members of the trade group funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker's campaign over the past two years.

Total donations: $121,652.

That's big-time backing from the homebuilders.

The younger Deschane didn't respond to questions about his job."

Read on...

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