By now you've likely become aware of the first fall out of the DC Madam story.
The reason given for Mr. Tobias' resignation is just classic. It's all for
“personal reasons.” I'll bet. But today the DC madam gave new meaning to the word “subcontractor.”
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.
Tobias is the second prominent man to be identified as a customer of the
Palfrey's “sexual fantasy service.” Two weeks ago, Palfrey alleged
that military strategist Harlan K. Ullman, creator of the “shock and
awe” combat theory and now a scholar with the Center for Strategic and
International Studies, was also a customer. Ullman has said that the claim
was “beneath the dignity of comment.”
Palfrey is expected to appear in court on Monday, to request permission to
replace her criminal defense attorney, currently a federal public defender.
& Liars has the video of Brian Ross talking about it on “Reliable
Sources.” It's amusing.
Those “massages” will get you every time.
But now the madam is stepping up and speaking out. She needs some help with her defense.
I can't help but think of all those other sex scandals (too many links, so little time) we've walked through with Mr. Bush and his administration. I've chronicled every one.
Marriage to the GOP just isn't what it used to be.
UPDATE: The Blotter has an update. This is the same situation we ran into when Ashcroft had the FBI running around in New Orleans before 9/11 hassling a brothel owner, to whom I spoke many times, instead of catching terrorists who were operating openly in the U.S. Why is the woman always the only one charged? The madam, but never the men, get targeted. If the men weren't involved would the madam be in business?
Palfrey, who ran the service by phone from her home in Sonoma County, Calif., is the only person charged. None of her male customers is named by the government.
“That's very hypocritical,” she says. “Why aren't these people under arrest? Why just me?”