Bush official resigns amid probe of call-girl use

A high-level Bush administration official who used a high-priced call-girl ring resigned Friday but sources say other Presidential appointees may be caught in the emerging scandal.

Randall Tobias, head of the administration’s foreign aid programs, stepped down but still may face prosecution for use of the expensive prostitutes.

Reports The Associated Press:

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.

U.S. officials would not confirm the information. A message left on Tobias’ voice mail seeking comment was not returned.

Friday evening, the State Department put out a statement announcing Tobias’ resignation, saying he “informed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today that he must step down as Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator effective immediately.”

“He is returning to private life for personal reasons,” the statement said.

Tobias held two titles: director of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. His rank was equivalent to deputy secretary of state.

Rice named Tobias to head the two programs in January 2006, and on Wednesday was at the White House, where President Bush praised his efforts coordinating global AIDS relief. Tobias had been the White House’s coordinator for global AIDS relief before taking the USAID post.

On Wednesday, Tobias attended a luncheon at the State Department with Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes and actress Angelina Jolie, who was in Washington pushing for more U.S. education aid for developing countries.

Before joining the administration, Tobias was a director and chairman of Eli Lilly and Co., the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company.


  1. Razor

    Whats new? Just another example of the caliber of people in high positions that rule this nation. Are Americans believed to be so stupid as accepting that at $300.00 a visit that a massage is all that was given.

    Sure, and George Bush is a model leader! LOL

  2. Cashel Boylo

    Lost In Sex In D.C.

    To the tune of Lost In Rain In Juarez, as recorded by Bob Dylan

    I’m Kindasleazy’s AIDS Ambassador
    In our monumental effort on AIDS in Africa
    The president wished me and my family well
    So ABC News can just go to hell

    Kindasleazy told me to spend fifteen billion bucks
    Surely I’m entitled to cop a few free – lunches
    I’m Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Aid
    Are you trying to tell me I don’t get laid?

    It’s not sex, it’s transformational diplomacy
    My monumental effort on AIDS in Africy
    Gals came to the condo to give me massage
    No sex involved just a rite of passage

    The president loves me, Condi absolutely loves me
    The gals love me, everybody loves me – for pay
    I’m the first Global AIDS coordinator
    I’m practicing to be the distributator

    I’m returning to private life for a privates reason
    For us Republicans this is getting to be one bad season
    I liked it better when we owned all the game
    A Democrat Congress is an awful pain

    Cashel Boylo

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  4. Bill Jonke

    Laugh continuously and out loud, and after the laughtter subsides, I’m prone to say,

    Keep those scandals coming!

    As far as embarrassment to Bush, it couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow! I sincerely hope that there is more embarrassment and disgrace to come for Georgie, his administration of toadies and his whole damned family!

  5. Jenifer D.

    I say the ONLY reason why reasonable, law-abiding, private citizen types don’t take their grievance to Capitol Hill about the fourth reich is fear of retribution on them and their loved ones. The Beast is alive and thriving and the voice of the long-dead-fuhrer is the only voice of reason ‘It’ (Dubya) listens to, mistaking him for ‘god’. Did Prescott make a deal with the third reich’s ‘god’ in giving it the mind, body, and soul of his first-born grandson as payment for being immortalized in the after-life? I’m really beginning to wonder what the real deal is with the ‘Skull and Bones’ society!

  6. Bill Jonke

    Bush to experience Hell on Earth.

    Everybody, keep the protests and the challenges coming to this sorry administration. It is our right in this country to do so, but we have to be more forceful.

    We all need to make life as miserable as we can for Georgie, his cronies and his whole family.

    If ever there was a curse that was needed to put over the Bush family, it is right now. We don’t want another Bush EVER in power AGAIN.

    Ignominy is ripe to follow all of them to their graves, and we can help make that happen.