Friday, April 27, 2007

Deputy Secretary of State Resigns After His Name Turns Up On DC Madam's List

The resignation of Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias was announced this afternoon:

Ambassador Randall Tobias informed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today that he must step down as Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and US Agency for International Development Administrator (USAID) effective immediately. He is returning to private life for personal reasons.

ABC News reveals the real reason for his resignation:

Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution operation. Tobias, 65, Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), had previously served as the Ambassador for the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief.

A State Department press release late Friday afternoon said only he was leaving for "personal reasons." On Thursday, Tobias told ABC News he had several times called the "Pamela Martin and Associates" escort service "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage." Tobias, who is married, said there had been "no sex," and that recently he had been using another service "with Central Americans" to provide massages.

Tobias' private cell number was among thousands of numbers listed in the telephone records provided to ABC News by Jeane Palfrey, the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam," who is facing the federal charges. In an interview to be broadcast on "20/20" next Friday, Palfrey says she intends to call Tobias and a number of her other prominent DC clients to testify at her trial.

"I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey told ABC News.

Palfrey maintains she ran a sexual fantasy business that was legal and that if any of the women who were working for her had sex, they did so in violation of her rules and without her knowledge. She says there are a number of other prominent Washington, D.C. men who will be on her witness list. "I'll bring every last one of them in if necessary," Palfrey said.

As the Bush administration's so-called "AIDS czar," Tobias was criticized for emphasizing faithfulness and abstinence over condom use to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Perhaps Tobias was simply visiting some of the Madam's ladies for intellectual discourse?


I'd be willing to make book that there is more to the Tobias story than a simple taste for prostitutes. Most men would just take the beating they had coming from their wives and get on with life as best they could. His throwing a career away on top of what he has coming says to me that there's something about his tastes that would ruin him completely if it got out, and the only hope he has is to hide in a deep hole in the hope it will all be a storm that blows itself out before he's nailed.
I dunno. I wonder if the fact that he was pushing monogamy and abstinence only education to solve the AIDS crisis didn't have something to do w/ it. How could Tobias continue to be taken seriously pushing monogamy and abstinence after he was revealed to be a regular w/ an escort service?
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