Scott Walker's unseemly hire 

"Walker demotes son of campaign contributor"

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headline soft-pedals the apparent cronyism that Walker is reacting to here. Let's count up the problems here in parentheses.

Brian Deschane, who got a cushy gig in the Walker administration's Department of Commerce, isn't just the son of a Walker campaign contributor (strike 1) . He is a 27 year old (strike 2) who landed an $81,500 job as head of environmental and regulatory affairs.  He's also a college dropout (strike 3) reportedly with DUI convictions (strike 4).

The Journal-Sentinel's Daniel Bice reports on the two people Deschane beat out:

The first, Oscar Herrera, is a former state cabinet secretary under Republican Gov. Scott McCallum with a doctoral degree and eight years' experience overseeing the cleanup of petroleum-contaminated sites.

The second, Bernice Mattsson, is a professional engineer who served since 2003 in the post to which Deschane was appointed.

And Deschane's father isn't just a donor, he's a top lobbyist for the Wisconsin Builders Association (strike 5) (gee, I wonder if "environmental and regulatory affairs" ever effect builders).

It's good Walker has demoted Deschane to his old job, but man, the orginal hire doesn't suggest much conern about clean government.

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