The American College of Healthcare Executives 2006 honorary fellow resigned as a deputy secretary of state amid an imbroglio involving a woman dubbed the D.C. madam.
Randall Tobias, 65, who earned distinction within healthcare as the first U.S. global AIDS coordinator and a drug industry executive, stepped down a day after confirming to ABC News that he was a client of Pamela Martin & Associates, Deborah Jeane Palfreys escort service, the network reported.
Palfrey, who faces federal racketeering charges, released to ABC News her phone records, which included Tobias cell phone number. Before his resignation, Tobias told ABC News he used Palfreys service for massages, not sex. Tobias work combating AIDS included promoting abstinence and requiring recipients of AIDS funding to oppose prostitution, ABC reported.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with Tobias from Camp David after he submitted his letter of resignation. Its a difficult time for Randy and his family and we appreciate that, McCormack told the media April 30, according to a transcript. He felt as though the circumstances dictated the fact that he should resign. We understand that. We appreciate his taking that step.