Scott Walker’s Hiring Problem

Scott Walker’s Hiring Problem


At the same time he’s fighting the unions in Wisconsin…he hired the kid of a donor to oversee a very important, high paying regulatory position?


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.

Credibility officially shot.

  • Mike A.

    It’s obvious that Gov. Walker truly values environmental and regulatory matters for the citizens of Wisconsin. He also supports small bars and nightclubs by supporting those freedom fighters who buck regulation of alcohol consumption.

  • gerryf

    He had credibility?

    Seriously, is this guy (Walker) really qualified to be a governor.

    The arrogance and stupidity of someone who has this kind of attention pulling this kind of nonsense. This is nothing short of giving the middle finger to the public.

    Yes, yes, yes, Kranky (I can hear you hyperventilating already)…cronyism is not exclusive to the right. And I decry it by Dems, too. Rarely does it arrive to his level. The guy should not be selling shoes. It’s like taking the commissioner of Arabian horses and putting him in charge of FEMA or someth….er…ok, it has been done before.

    But to do it so blatantly when the eyes of the world are on you is a big F U to the people of Wisconsin. We can do what we want because you were dumb enough to elect us. Now bend over and take another.

    The sheer arrogance….

  • Trescml

    I think that this won’t impact Scott Walker’s future in the least. I think that the public is more or less used to this type of action. If there are a lot more of these type of hiring it could cause some problems, but at this point I think the main impact will be keeping the Democratic base in WI enraged.

  • kranky kritter

    I dunno about WI, but here in MA this type of stuff really does impact your political future. The irritation tends to transcend party lines. We don’t like it one bit, and folks caught doing stuff like this tend to lose their next election. I suspect they feel the very same way in WI.

    Gerry, since you didn’t suggest that such behavior is exclusive to one party, on what grounds would I hyperventilate? Nice to see my message is getting through, though. :-)

  • Nick Benjamin

    Dude, this is worse then normal.

    In the worst days of Chicago a donor’s son would have the inside track on a job he was qualified for. Repeat: qualified for. This was very important to the machine because a Machine that screws up doesn’t get re-elected and then everyone goes to jail. Start putting guys who can’t pass the Janitor’s test in charge of regulating emissions and in a month you have to go on TV explaining why half the 17th ward smells like rotten eggs.

    Even if you avoid that disaster you’ve given the DA a perfect case. It looks an awful lot like a quid pro quo. I’m not gonna say Scott Walker is goingto jail, but from what I read on the internet this looks a lot like an outright bribe, and DAs love putting Governors away for taking bribes.

    I’m not sure it matters. Walker’s gonna get recalled because he pissed off a highly organized group (the unions), and he’s gonna lose because he’s too stupid to do corruption right.

  • gerryf

    Don’t be too sure…

    So far tonight Prosser is holding his own. If he wins, who knows what kind of legal chicanery the right has cooked up.

    50 percent…criminey. I wouldn’t vote for the most liberal Democrat in the state if he behaved the way Prosser has behaved.

    What the heck is wrong with the people of Wisconsin that this guy is even in the ballpark? Or is it as someone else said:

    “Diebolt–we vote so you don’t have to”

  • michael mcEachran

    Wait a minute… this means a Republican compromised his stated principals when it suited him. That can’t be right.

    Also, is this guy cross-eyed? I can’t tell.

  • Alistair

    Speaking of Walker his seat went to a Democrat by 20%.

  • gerryf

    from the hand caught in the cookie jar dept:

    Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker has reversed the promotion of a 27-year-old son of a lobbyist whose appointment to an $81,500 administration job sparked cronyism claims by Democrats. Brian Deschane will return to his previous $65,000 job with the Department of Regulation and Licensing just two days after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported his hiring and promotion.