Gov. Walker Adds Drunk-Driving Son Of Campaign Booster To State Payroll

April 04, 2011 3:27 pm ET — Alan Pyke

The last time Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was accused of using government appointments to pass out political favors, at least the woman his office hired had a defensible resume full of relevant experience. Not so for Walker appointee and twice-convicted drunk driver Brian Deschane, according to the Milwaukee 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.

Deschane's political experience is minimal, yet the governor who's made a name attacking public worker salaries is paying him nearly $82,000 plus benefits. Why? 

Deschane's father Jerry runs a PAC that donated nearly $30,000 to Walker's campaign, and whose member companies gave a further $92,000 to Walker on their own. The governor's office, to no one's surprise, says the money isn't what got them to look past Deschane's rap sheet. A Walker spokesman told the Journal Sentinel that the Republican administration "felt he had changed his habits and that these past incidents would in no way affect his performance at this job."

Like Valerie Cass, the mistress of a Republican state senator who also scored a job and a quick raise from Team Walker, Deschane apparently did not go through the normal hiring process — neither name appears on the list of applicants to the Walker transition team, according to the Journal Sentinel report.

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