September 30th, 2010
05:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Chambliss staffer removed over anti-gay comment

(CNN) – Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, said Thursday he has removed a staff member confirmed as the author of an anti-gay comment on a gay and lesbian blog.

"The office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms has concluded its investigation, and I responded to that report immediately with the removal of a member of my staff," Chambliss said in a statement released by his office Thursday.

Earlier: Chambliss office source of anti-gay comment

The Chambliss staffer allegedly responded to a blog posting about a Senate vote on a defense bill that included a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy by writing "ALL F–GOTS MUST DIE" in the blog's comments section.

The comments appeared on the Joe.My.God blog.

Tech savvy readers of the blog traced the Internet Protocol address to the U.S. Senate, and then to an office building in Atlanta, Georgia, that houses both of the state's U.S. senators.

GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson's office immediately denied that the comment came from one of its staff members.

Chambliss said Thursday that he reached out to the blog's author, Joe Jervis, to apologize.

"I have called Mr. Jervis ... and apologized to him personally, and I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused. Regardless of one's position on issues and policies, such comments are simply unacceptable, are not befitting those who work in the U.S. Senate, and I will not tolerate them from my staff," Chambliss said in the statement.

Chambliss repeatedly apologized over the phone, Jervis told CNN, adding that he told the senator that he would "consider the matter over" if he released a public statement that echoed his verbal apology and made clear that the staffer was dismissed.

–CNN Correspondent Joe Johns contributed to this report

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Tiffany

    Good for Chambliss for looking into the situation and resolving the issue! My opinion of him has grown much more favorable, whereas before I was indfferent.

    September 30, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. al

    Props to Sen. Chambliss! Now if only he could call Michigan DA Cox and advise him how to handle homophobic staff members...

    September 30, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Jackalope

    It's useful to know that's what the Republicans truly believe, even though the words are hard to read. "Family values" exposed.

    September 30, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Imagine that a rethug speaking against gays. I wonder what they do when they think of cheney and his lesbian daughter. How do they sleep at night?
    joe.my.god? Can these people give it up on god!

    September 30, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. malabar

    damn skippy fool! Pro-Life! Pro Gay Marriage! Rice/Christie 2012

    September 30, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. iCanHazTeeParti

    Good for Chambliss. I hope he follows through on the public apology and public denunciation of hatred and bigotry

    September 30, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Greg

    These people contribute to the hate. They are the reason why these kids commit suicide. Fight the hate.

    September 30, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. CNN: Helping Americans forget the names of the continents since 1980

    It's refreshing to see our congresspeople employ such thoughtful and articulate staff. Really reinforces my faith in government – and humanity.

    September 30, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    The 'Staffer' was REMOVED!! What does that mean? Moved to another Department? Moved to another FLOOR? Moved across the STREET? Moved to L Street? Moved to the BASEMENT? If there is a guarantee that the Staffer was DISMISSED, I agree with Jervis "Forgive and Forget"!!

    T'SAH agrees with this message because it's the right thing to SAY!!!

    September 30, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Tell the rest of the story, please

    What exactly did Sen. Chambliss mean when he said he had "removed" a member of his staff? Did he fire him? Shift him into another job in his office or elsewhere? Give him a severance package and a positive recommendation? Who exactly is this staffer and why was he not identified by name so the public can know exactly what the senator meant and what he did? Please, CNN, do some investigating and tell us the "whole truth".

    September 30, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Please

    While the Senator seemed to have acted correctly, don't feel bad for the staffer. I'm sure Palin will fight for him, he is just being picked on by the "lame-stream' media.

    September 30, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. steve

    Ok, so let us have the staffer's name. If his name does not become public, then there a no consequences for the individual except losing a temporary job. Let's get the name out so that he will not simply be hired out to another congressional office.

    September 30, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. cane pazzo

    Another flunky takes a hit for the boss.

    September 30, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Former Republican, but never again!

    Does anyone think that Chambliss truly disagreed with his staffer?

    September 30, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. The reality is...

    I'm glad he had the wisdom to dismiss the staffer that caused the offense. If this was a Democrat's staff member he may have received a reprimand or perhaps we wouldn't even have media coverage about it.

    September 30, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. bigfoot north carolina

    Chambliss is a racist and was responsible for the disgraceful treatment WAY BEYOND POLITICS of Max Cleland, the Vietnam vet who lost both legs and an arm in combat and who Chambliss dishonored in the election. IT IS CHAMBLISS WHO SHOULD GO.

    September 30, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. nelson

    Right. And the Senators first comments were his staffer is a satisfactory employee and what the employee does on his own time is his own business. The Senator said his staffer was within his first amendments rights to say what he believes on his own time. Gee, wonder who hit the Senator over the head to wake him up? Stupid.

    September 30, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |