Wis. gov.'s appointee resigns amid cronyism calls

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 6:15 PM
Wis. gov.'s appointee resigns amid cronyism calls

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

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

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

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.