Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring, said two people in a position to know the circumstances of his departure.But the report in France's International Herald Tribune does not support the novel idea of "no sex" Central American call girls.
It was Tobias' own decision to resign, according to one of the people, who said the issue came up only in the past day or so. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.
Tobias submitted his resignation a day after he was interviewed by ABC News for an upcoming program about an alleged prostitution service run by the so-called D.C. Madam.
ABC reported on its Web site late Friday that Tobias confirmed that he had called the Pamela Martin and Associates escort service to have women come to his condo and give him massages. More recently, Tobias told the network, he has been using a service with Central American women.
Tobias, 65, who is married, told ABC News there had been "no sex" during the women's visits to his condo. His name was on a list of clients given to ABC by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who owns the escort service and has been charged with running a prostitution ring in the nation's capital.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey has not been at all shy about it: For more than a decade she ran an escort service that catered to upscale clients in the U.S. capital, sending college-educated women to men's homes or hotel rooms. For about $300, she provided about 90 minutes of what she has described as a discreet "legal high-end erotic fantasy service."At $200 per hour -- that must have been quite a massage.
The IHT also gives us the lowdown on Tobias' role in the Bush administration:
Tobias, 65, is a former chairman and chief executive of Eli Lilly and of AT&T International. He was chairman of the board of Duke University from 1997 to 2000. He has been a major donor to various Republican campaigns.Opportunists on the Left will no doubt rush to point out that this latest example of moral hypocrisy is quite typical of the Bush administration.
Tobias, who was the director of foreign assistance and the administrator of the Agency for International Development, ran agencies that required foreign recipients of AIDS assistance to explicitly condemn prostitution, a policy that drew protests from some nations and relief organizations.
But we must not over look the feature that distinguishes this from prior Bush prostitution scandals: The gender of the prostitutes.