You know, I have a simple view that covers both the public and private sectors:
Don't work with, or for godsake hire, your girlfriend.
It would seem a no-brainer.
I agree 100%. It doesn't warrant him stepping down, but the old adage "never mix business with pleasure" certainly applies!
He didn’t hire his girlfriend. When he was made President of the Worldbank, she was already working there for years. She was entitled to a pay raise, which he had to sign. He didn’t want to (conflict of interest), but the commies in the bank assured him to do so, by saying there would be no problem. He was naive enough to follow them, and got caught in their trap.
Thou shalt not dip thy pen into company ink.
Here's my view - be quiet until you've read enough to know what you are talking about.
Paul Wolfowitz did not hire his girlfriend. He worked with the ethics committee to move her out of his chain of command, and actually moved her to a job outside the World Bank. Her raise was in part overdue and in part an apology due to being moved into a dead-end job.
The real lesson here is to not trust international desk-jockeys when it's going to be your job to clean out the corrupt desk-jockeys, or trust a Bush to stand behind you.