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Hiring of WBA lobbyist’s son raises questions

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Critics of Gov. Scott Walker are saying the hiring of the 27-year-old son of an influential lobbyist to an $81,500-per-year job is evidence the administration is using state jobs for political payback.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Monday that Brian Deschane has no college degree, little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions. Yet he was hired to a job overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees.

Deschane is the son of Jerry Deschane, a longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association. The group’s political action committee gave $29,000 to the campaigns of Walker and his running mate, putting it among the top donors.

State Rep. Brett Hulsey called Deschane’s hiring case of the new administration using jobs to repay supporters.

Deschane didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

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