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 was previously the ambassador for the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief and up until his resignation he was director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
As Josh Marshall points out that:
This is the guy in charge of America's international aid and development assistance to countries around the world.And it gets better. More from Brian Ross:
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.Good thing for Tobias there was "no sex" because when he was the "AIDS Czar", he emphasized faithfulness and abstinence over condom use to battle AIDS.
But really? No sex? Huh. Interesting. A guy calls an escort service for a "gal" to come over to his condo and he doesn't get any?
I do have a few questions: Why call an escort service for massages? Why not go to a certified massage therapist? And about the change from one service to another, how did the fact that the "gals" they were sending over were Central Americans impact the decision?
Josh Marshall again:
I wonder if Bush looked into his heart and declared him to be a good man. Bush did, only a few days ago, praise him for leading:
I'm glad this bozo is showing our best face to the world and clearing up any misunderstandings about exploiting people in the Third World.
America's monumental effort to confront and deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the continent of AfricaWhat nothing about AIDS among the "gals" who are from Central America?