Wisconsin Gov. Walker hires inexperienced drunk-driving son of lobbyist to an $81,500 per year job

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (my emphasis):

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.

Goal Thermometer How enterprising. Wonder what young Mr. Deschane did to earn his good fortune? Did being the son of the elder Mr. Deschane help at all?

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

“Bet big on Walker” means $29,000 from the PAC to Walker last year and $121,000 over two years. As the article says, “that’s big-time backing from the homebuilders.”

Pretty good ROI for the family, though. My calculator calls that a 67% return. I wonder if dad gets a cut.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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