Thursday, April 7, 2011

Recall Wis. Gov. Walker Movement Picks Up Steam Amidst New Allegations of Corruption

On Tuesday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Governor Walker had appointed the son of one of his biggest campaign contributors to a high-paid executive administration post that he was wholly unqualified for. In a move reminiscent of the ill fated Bush Administration appointment of the incompetent Michael "Way to go Brownie" Brown to head FEMA, Republican cronyism is alive and well in the Cheese State.

In his article on April 5, 2011 Journal Sentinel Political columnist Daniel Bice reported:

"Brian Deschane - the 27-year-old son of a prominent lobbyist - was demoted on Tuesday following a public uproar over his appointment to a cushy job earning $81,500 per year working in Gov. Scott Walker's administration. But check out the two candidates Deschane beat out to get the position as head of environmental and regulatory affairs in the state Department of Commerce: 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. By contrast, Deschane has no college degree, little management experience and a couple of drunken-driving convictions. His father represents a trade group that gave more than $121,000 to Walker and his running mate. Herrera and Mattsson didn't get far in the process. "Neither candidate was interviewed," said agency spokesman Tony Hozeny.

On Tuesday, Walker abruptly reversed course and bumped Deschane from his appointed position overseeing dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. The move comes one day after the Journal Sentinel disclosed details of the appointment. Deschane is the son of Jerry Deschane, a longtime lobbyist for the Wisconsin Builders Association, which gave $121,652 via its political action committee and conduit to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch."

Well, well. Right-wing hypocrisy apparently knows no bound. The Governor who would begrudge decent hard working public employees their hard earned benefits and the right to collectively bargain thinks it is okay to hand out high-paying, key executive administration positions as political patronage.

Wisconsinites your duty is clear: Impeach or Recall Walker as soon as legally possible.

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