Roger L. Simon

The Future Mrs. Kojo?

I don’t know anybody’s marital plans, but who could be surprised after this Reuters report on the latest UN hijinks?

Maurice Strong, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special adviser for North Korea, put his stepdaughter on his payroll in violation of U.N. staff rules, the United Nations said on Friday.

Strong, an influential Canadian businessman, is himself under investigation in connection with the U.N. oil-for-food scandal over his ties to a South Korean lobbyist suspected of bribing U.N. officials with Iraqi funds.

Strong last week withdrew from his post as Annan’s adviser while the investigation was under way. The stepdaughter, identified as Kristina Mayo, has resigned, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

We all know the same kind of nepotistic nonsense is rampant in our own Congress, but does that make it right? Of course we know most of those hires come from campaign contributions, which is somewhat more justifiable. UN family favoritism comes straight from us taxpayers without passing go.

(hat tip: Rick Ballard who suggested the matrimonial potential)