How does one land a good job in this tough economy? It's easy, as long as you're the son of a major campaign contributor. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has on staff a young man in his mid-twenties, Brian Deschane, who has virtually no management experience and no college degree. He must be a low level staffer who reponds to constituent mail or something, right? Nope. He's overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce, and making a cool $81,500 in the process.
Deschane's 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.
"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."
Walker is best known for his assault on organized labor, and has complained repeatedly that government employees make too much money and are bankrutping the state. Perhaps government would run a little more efficiently in Wisconsin if Walker hired people based on their ability to do a job and not on their dad's ability to write a big campaign check. Patronage is nothing new in politics, but normally the people getting these kinds of jobs have resume's that include a college graduation date and some comparable work experience. Not so in this case. And Walker has provided yet another example of his governing style--to pay back campaign donors in every way possible.
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