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Former Eli Lilly CEO: “It was only a massage, no sex.”

In 1993 Randall Tobias joined Eli Lilly and Company as Chairman, President and CEO. On January 1, 1999, upon his retirement from the company, he was named Chairman Emeritus. More recently, President Bush named him the nation's first Director of United States Foreign Assistance, and Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the principal government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

In this position he was a strong proponent of the Bush administration’s abstinence-only policies. Before touring African countries for an AIDS program 2004, he said, “The message to young people in the schools is not either ‘Be abstinent or here are condoms, take your pick.’ It is a message of ‘Be abstinent.’”

As a top official overseeing global AIDS funding to other countries, Tobias was responsible for enforcing a U.S. policy, enacted during the Bush administration, that requires recipients to swear they oppose prostitution and sex trafficking. USAID adopted a similar policy in 2004.

Tobias' resignation was announced at 5 p.m. on Friday, traditionally the hour for releasing bad news, because reporters have left for the weekend. And the U.S. State Department cited "personal reasons" for the decision.

That explanation didn’t last long.

We now know his resignation came a day after he was interviewed by ABC News for an upcoming program about a prostitution service run by the so-called “D.C. Madam.”

ABC reported on its Web site that Tobias confirmed that he had called the Pamela Martin and Associates escort service to have ladies come to his condo and give him “massages.” Tobias also told the network, he has more recently been using a service with “Central American women.”

Anyone knows if Tobin got “massages” at Eli Lilly as well? I’m just asking.

Tobias, who is 65 year old and married, told ABC News there had been "no sex" during the women's visits to his condo. His muscles were just aching. He didn’t say that, it was me adding the muscle-aching-thing.

Anyways, Tobias’ name was on a list of clients given to ABC by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who owns the escort service and who has been charged with running a prostitution ring in down in Washington D.C. She allegedly has a long list of clients.

The madam, Ms. Palfrey, 50, was indicted in March by a federal grand jury on charges of running the alleged call-girl ring from her home. She has denied the escort service engaged in prostitution, but that didn’t help Tobias.

Palfrey claimed she has 46 pounds of phone records involving clients (who didn’t solicit prostitution).

Associated Press reports that “prosecutors estimate that her business, Pamela Martin and Associates, generated more than $2 million in revenue over 13 years, with more than 130 women employed at various times to serve thousands of clients at $200 to $300 a session. Palfrey had threatened to sell phone records that would identify 10,000 clients to pay for her criminal defense, but a federal judge ordered her not to release them. Palfrey, however, gave them to ABC News before the order took effect.”

A biography of Tobias was removed from the USAID Web site, but an archived version can be found here.



Blogger Dr. BK said...

I would love someone to tell me why it matters what this man does in his private sex life? It should not be a topic for public UNLESS he is doing it on PHARMA's clock or using his employees for his fun, OR he has PHARMA pay or he gives sex as a gift or enticement for a contract. All those caveats asaide, please Peter, tell me, why does it matter?

Who IS being hurt.. I'll tell you who..HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. They suffer much more than the sociopathic men who can't keep it in their pants.

Blogger janiner said...

It's the hypocrisy of his pushing an "abstinence-only no condoms" agenda, probably leading to even more young Africans getting AIDS, while doing this sort of sleazy stuff.

I would ordinarily agree that it's between him and his wife and no-one else's business, but when he has been in such a high-profile role and pushing his supposed moral values onto others while violating them spectacularly, then IMHO he deserves what he gets.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To quote the bard:

"Aye there's the rub!"

Must dash - I'm just off to the sauna for my facial.

Pip pip!

Blogger Dr. BK said...

Oh, I understand both of the above points. I totally agree in a gut reaction way.

I just want to express that if we hold all people who are in the public light up to public roasting for their sexual preferences of any kind, then people with alternative sexualities or those who live sex positive lives, will hesitate to take positions of public exposure. And that IMHO is a big mistake. This is why so many really qualified people don't run for public office.. cause they can't bear the impact of the exposure of their youthful follies or sexual practices to be public knowledge.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of issues here. Firstly I believe prostitution is in fact illegal and until the law changes individuals supporting prostitution through patrionage should not be above reproach. Secondly, if one supports 'morality' with such vigour then peoples judgement will invariably be vitreolic. Case of glass houses and stones if truth be told.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me he would be great at his job. He was personable, caring, sensitive, and a good tipper. These are the kind of qualities we want from all our public servants. How can anyone fault a guy for trying to support the less fortunate...I bet he was real passionate about his JOB..

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bush family has always been a strong Lilly backer, with quids moving in both directions. Hence the appointment of this hypocrite to what should have been treated as a highly visible posting with much more gravitas and class. You can bet he scored high on the Rovian Bushie scale, but then again that litmus test doesn't include a section on Morris/Gingrich/Haggard behaviors!


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