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 U.S. 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 D.C. clients to testify at her trial.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Tobias Resigns Amid Ties To D.C. Madam
Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias, a former Eli Lilly CEO, has resigned his position in the Bush administration today after ABC News confirmed he was a frequent customer of a woman charged with running a prostitution service for D.C. elites. ABC News' Brian Ross reports:
Is this the tip of the iceberg? There must be a lot of nervous pols in D.C. tonight after Tobias' resignation. An online Star report tonight by Maureen Groppe notes only that Tobias resigned for "personal reasons."