An Iowa congressman today called for a hearing and investigation of the hiring practices of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration following the governor’s testimony before a House committee.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, wrote in a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the committee should particularly examine “the possibility of a connection between these practices and political actions taken by his campaign” — a reference to the controversy over Brian Deschane’s appointment to a high level position at the Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Deschane, the 27-year-old son of a building industry lobbyist and Walker campaign donor, resigned last week.
“I’d like to know, and I think the people of Wisconsin have a right to know, why Government Walker chose to hire a 27-year-old with no education and little experience aside from his father’s campaign contribution to Governor Walker’s campaign over two highly-qualified candidates for a well-paid administrative post,” Braley said in a statement. “If the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is truly focused on good government practices, we need to investigate answers to questions like this.”