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Walker appointee called into question resigns

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A 27-year-old son of a lobbyist whose appointment to an $81,500 job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration drew accusations of cronyism has resigned.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie confirmed Thursday that Brian Deschane resigned Wednesday.

That is the day after Walker demoted him from his higher paying job back to the post he was originally appointed to that pays $65,000 a year with the Department of Regulation and Licensing.

Walker tells The Associated Press he did not ask for the resignation and he does not know why Deschane quit.

Democratic critics of Walker blasted news of the appointment, saying it smacked of cronyism given that his dad is longtime Wisconsin Builders Association lobbyist Jerry Deschane.

That group's political action arm donated $29,000 to Walker and his running mate during the campaign.

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