Washington (CNN) – The office of Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that a profane anti-gay comment posted on a gay blog originated from one of its offices, and has handed the investigation to the Senate Sergeant at Arms.
A spokeswoman for Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer told CNN Friday, "Mr. Gainer does not have a comment" on the matter.
The blog posting -"All F**gots must die" [without asterisks]- was published Tuesday afternoon by a user identifying himself as "Jimmy" in response to a blog post about the Senate's cloture vote on a Defense bill that included the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The vote to allow debate on the bill failed and the legislation did not advance.
Joseph Jervis is the owner of "Joe.My.God," a blog that covers gay and lesbian issues. He wrote the post and tracked the rogue commenter's IP address. After he learned that the Internet service provider (ISP) was the U.S. Senate, he shared the IP address with his tech-savvy readers who say they've traced its origination to an Atlanta office building that houses regional offices for both of Georgia's U.S. senators.
Chambliss' office released a statement Wednesday night:
"We have engaged the office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms in an internal review. The SAA has worked side by side with our personnel to determine whether the comment in question emanated from our office. That appears to be the case. There has not been a determination as to who posted the comment. That part of the review is ongoing, and is now in the hands of the Senate Sergeant at Arms."
Spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said in a statement released Tuesday, "This office has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged. Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps."
When contacted for further comment, Chambliss' spokeswoman referred CNN to the office's original statement.
Chambliss is opposed to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell.
- CNN's Jillian Harding contributed to this report