From NBC's John Yang
At least one Wisconsin state employee seems to be doing just fine without collective bargaining.
As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) tries to rein in public worker's pay and benefits in the name of controlling the state budget, he's dealing with the disclosure that his administration hired the 27-year-old son of a veteran lobbyist for a management job and has already promoted him and given him a 26% pay raise -- despite not having a college degree and having two drunk-driving convictions.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Walker's campaign manager and now chief of staff, Keith Gilkes, recommended Brian Deschane for a job interview at the state's Department of Regulation and Licensing. In January, he was hired as a $64,728-a-year manager in that department. A month later, Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin put Deschane in charge of a reorganization of his agency -- boosting his salary to $81,500.
Deschane is the son of Jerry Deschane, the long-time lobbyist for the Wisconsin Builders Association, whose political action committee gave Walker's campaign $29,000 and whose members contributed at least another $92,000.
The elder Deschane acknowledges mentioning to Gilkes that his son was looking for a job. The younger Deschane didn't return messages from either the Milwaukee newspaper or the Associated Press.
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said the administration knew of the younger Deschane's drunk-driving convictions, but "felt he had changed his habits and that these past incidents would in no way affect his performance at this job."