(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.
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