According to the U.S. State Department press release of Friday, April 27th, "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." Tobias is shown on the left with George W. Bush who gave him the ambassadorship and named him Global AIDS Coordinator for the multi-billion dollar PEPFAR program in July 2003.
According to ABC News' The Blotter, the personal reasons for Tobias suddenly resigning are really personal. He had apparently been a regular client of the D.C. Madam, Jeane Palfrey, and had paid for $275 / hour "massages" in our nation's capitol:
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 D.C. 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. (read more)
I need to watch that "20/20" show. This is too funny. Of course, the hypocrisy involved in this troubles some people. Tobias was BushWorld's front man on the PEPFAR program whose key mantra for AIDS prevention was abstinence, as part of the ABC slogan (Abstinence, Be faithful, Condoms). PEPFAR funded tens of millions to Christian charities in Africa. How many non-christian "faith-based organizations" did BushWorld grant with our tax dollars? Zero.
The Blotter points out the cronyism factor so prevalent and corrupting in the Bush administration. How did some rich CEO of Eli Lilly (pharmaceuticals) get an ambassadorship?
According to OpenSecrets.org, Tobias and his wife, Marianne, donated over $100,000 to Republican candidates and political committees. (OpenSecrets.org search: enter name "Tobias" and zipcode "46240")
I check news sources -- in fact, he and his wife donated $116,000 over the years.
January 27th, 2003: Tobias donates $5,000 to get the attention of the Indiana Republican State Central Committee.
March 3rd, 2003: Tobias donates another $5,000 to really get the attention of the Indiana Republican State Central Committee.
May 30th, 2003: Tobias donates $15,000 to the Republican National Committee.
July 2nd, 2003: President George W. Bush announces Tobias' nomination.
July 9th, 2003: Tobias donates $3,000 to Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. I find this odd because Lugar isn't compaigning for re-election in 2004. His re-election is not until 2006, in which he runs literally unopposed (no Democratic opponent). More importantly to Tobias, Lugar is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Senator Lugar's Foreign Relations Committee subsequently confirms Tobias on October 2nd.
July 18th, 2003: Tobias and his wife, Marianne, attend a $2000 / plate fundraiser for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel, in Dallas, Texas. President Bush stops by to thank his fundraisers on the way to his Crawford Ranch.
To me, the GOP campaign money trail is the real scandal. If Randall Tobias wants to have some fantasy fun with $275/hour escorts, that's between Tobias and his wife. He made his money, he can spend it as he pleases.
The real whores with whom Randall Tobias had to pay were the political ones in trusted offices of the U.S. Government. He paid $25,000 for an ambassadorship, and another $7,000 as a thank-you tip in 2003. He was a Global AIDS Coordinator in charge of $15 billion dollars. Tobias probably did some good for people while having to work under the abject corruption of the Bush administration.
This scandal is just another symptom of the corrupt world people in the Bush administration have to operate. Despite the power of the current administration, the D.C Madam gave ABC News a portion of her phone records.
Daveman April 30, 2007 08:47 AM PDT As per my recent entry - I think Tobias' real mistake was not waiting till he became president and have sex with a Page in the Ovary Office in da White House..., as per the trend Bill Clinton set.
Im still confused as to how in blue hades Billy Boy walked away GUILTY as charged and was still respected.., unless of course its because he got away with it - LOL
J f Z April 30, 2007 10:29 AM PDT How does Clinton have anything to do with this?
"Bill Clinton" seems to be the standard Abbott and Costello "3rd base" answer to Bush scandals, I guess.
Stac April 30, 2007 12:21 PM PDT
i'm a college female and am pretty offended by this Tobias' actions.. check out my opinon here http://collegecandy.com/2007/04/30/the-politician-and-the-prostitute/
Mervin May 2, 2007 11:53 AM PDT "Im still confused as to how in blue hades Billy Boy walked away GUILTY as charged and was still respected.., unless of course its because he got away with it - LOL"
What does Clinton even have to DO with this post? That is SO lame! No one ever died from any of Clinton's "indiscretions"; Bush and company are a whole other story. People have either died from this administration's apathy or -- as is the case of war in Iraq -- its lies!
Reality is our politicians on the Hill have been utilizing the services of these ladies for many years. Republicans & Dems alike share this little secret, not just with ladies of calling but young girls and boys as well. Private parties on Capitol Hill have been well known for their child sex scandals. Jeane should not be facing RICO charges nor 48 years federal prison time. As she only worked adult women. Where as some of these clients that also participated in parties including minors should be facing life sentences +. Prostitution is a legit business and should be legalized for adults, but those perverts that are up on the Hill molesting children should face the stiffest penalities possible including the death penality as sex with any child is rape, as children can not consent.