Update: Irony Alert! Official Caught Using Escort Service Demanded Anti-Prostitution ?Loyalty Oaths?

You have to think this one is gonna get bigger (ht BSB and reader tip):

Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.

Tobias resigned after ABC News contacted him with questions about the escort service, the sources said. ABC News released a statement last night saying Tobias acknowledged Thursday that he had used the service to provide massages, not sex.

Add another to the family values file. This one is gonna be fun to watch all next week. Don’t miss 20/20 on Friday! I’m headed out now to buy popcorn. Love those family values! Why might this one blow up bigger?

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who operated the escort service, was indicted on federal racketeering charges in February and has threatened to expose her high-profile client list.

Ruh Roh.

Side note: My wife is a massage therapist and really gets pissed off when people use the “massage” excuse for engaging in prostitution. The escort service used claims they provide “legal, sexual game-playing for $275 per 90-minute session”. Um. Yeah. A 90 minute therapeutic massage runs ya about $100-120. I’ll let Holly weigh in if she wants to, but you might wanna do a virtual duck because she’s gonna be pissed…

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  • Be sure to read Josh Marshall on this too.

  • Heil Mary

    Where are the religious abstinence-only fascists to condemn Tobias’s adultery?? They are awfully quiet about the sins of their hero and the obvious FRAUD of his DEADLY moral crusade in Africa. I’m sure the Madam’s list will include many conservative Catholics whose wives are practicing the abstinence-only of *Natural* Family *Planning* to avoid childbirth injuries. If my dad lived in DC, he’d be on her list FOR THAT REASON.

  • Holly

    Ok, so Eric has sort of tricked me into commenting here — Using massage as a scapegoat for illicit sexual conduct has long been the M.O. for idiots like this Tobias character. I don’t think anyone really stops to realize, or care, how detrimental this can be to massage therapy as a professional industry. It’s effect is similar to that of a woman who falsely claims to be the victim of rape. Every rape survivor thereafter has to work that much harder to make herself credible.

    I have been a massage therapist for 8 years, and have worked hard to educate people on the difference between therapeutic massage and massage with a “happy ending.” And with one false claim, morons like Tobias can undo years of education and hard work. It infuriates me that any literature I put out for my practice has to have qualifiers in it like “this is a non-sexual masssage.” Does your doctor, or acupuncturist, or chiropractor have to remind you to keep it in your pants? Nope. Just massage therapists. So I can’t wait to see this guy go down, along with any of his buddies trying to claim massage. And the first asshole that asks me if I give “happy endings” like they do in D.C. will get my favorite kind of happy ending. The one that ends with a knee to the groin.

  • …I warned ya!

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