September 22nd, 2010
01:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Senator's office investigating anti-gay blog comment

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office is investigating whether an anti-gay comment posted on a popular gay blog originated from one of its offices."](CNN) - Staffers from the office of Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss are investigating whether or not a profane anti-gay comment posted on a gay blog originated from one of its offices.

The comment –"All F**gots must die" [without asterisks]– was posted Tuesday afternoon by a user identifying himself as "Jimmy" in 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 Internet Protocol (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.

Sen. Johnny Isakson's spokeswoman, Sheridan Watson, denied that the slur came from her office, and told CNN that the IP address in question does not match any of their computers.

Chambliss' office released a statement Tuesday night that acknowledged they were looking into the matter, but stopped short of confirming that the post originated in their office.

"We have seen the allegations and are moving quickly to understand the facts," spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said in a statement. "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.

Both Isakson and Chambliss oppose the repeal of don't ask, don't tell.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Michael s

    A Republican Senator has a staffer with draconian views on homosexuality? Shocking if you know nothing about the GOP.

    September 22, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    I guess nobody told them that proper GOP protocol is to set up or outsource a small ring of bloggers and blog commentors OFF SITE...preferably outside the US in a country that severely restricts foreign access to internet information...who you then provide with standardized talking points to repeat ad nauseum on designated sites, complete with slight variations in a thinly veiled attempt to make it look individualized and hide the appearance of a hive-mind.

    Go ahead...disagree with me and end up looking like your argument is "no, we just all repeat the same thing Limbaugh, Beck and Jabberwocky Barbie told us without question and virtually verbatim"...a nice clean admission of the existence of the GOP's goose-stepping hive-mind.

    And no, that's not just really can't really blame the Dems for having a hive-mind. They accept diverse views and, as a result, frequently line up in a moronic circular firing squad to argue amongst themselves every time they get control.

    September 22, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Ryan

    I wouldn't be surprised if it is proved to have originated from the office of the senator: stupid people are everywhere and the senator shouldn't be blamed (well, maybe just because of lack of scrutiny of his employees and their activities). However, it is a sign of a certain divisive and inflamatory atmosphere in politics that allows for these stupid people to act on their stupid idea.
    I hope they find the individual and fire him/her on the spot.

    September 22, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. FormerGOP

    OT, but you people need to fire Ed Henry and hire someone that isn't so bias.

    September 22, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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