[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/22/art.chambliss.file4.gi.jpg 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.