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Questions arise over Walker's hiring of lobbyist's son

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Critics of Gov. Scott Walker are raising eyebrows over the hiring of a 27-year-old son of an influential lobbyist to a high-ranking job paying more than $80k.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel originally reported Monday that Brian Deschane has no college degree, little management experience, and two DUI convictions, but was hired for a job overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees. The job pays $81,500 per year. Critics of the governor say this is evidence of the administration using state jobs for political payback.

Brian Deschane is the son of Wisconsin Builders Association lobbyist Jerry Deschane. The WBA's political action committee have $29,000 to the campaigns of Scott Walker and now Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. That made the WBA one of the Walker campaign's top donors.

One of the biggest critics of the hiring has been Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison), who called Deschane's hiring a case of the Walker administration using jobs to repay supporters. 

Hulsey and other legislative Democrats have also criticized the Walker administration for using the budget repair bill to change 37 civil service jobs into positions appointed by the governor.

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