September 24th, 2010
07:08 AM ET
13 years ago

Chambliss office source of anti-gay comment

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

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Saxby Chambliss • Senate
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    So the Neo-Confederate Senator has to rely on some other government agency to investigate his OWN staff of 5 – 10 people.
    No need to sugarcoat it. We all know that's basically what the Bigoted Neo-Confederates think. Period.

    September 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. MrAmerica

    Birds of a feather flock together

    September 24, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. The reality is...

    Chances are some gay rights activist weaseled their way in and and posted it to try to discredit the Senator.

    September 24, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Bill

    Stay classy, heterosexuals.

    ALWAY stay classy!

    September 24, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Why does activity like this not surprise me coming from this Senators offfice?

    September 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. ART

    Hey Jimmy you talk tough behind a computer I challenge you to say that crap to this veterans face you coward

    September 24, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. IHTCF

    Figures it 's relates to a Southern Republican Senator.

    September 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. hal

    Cowardice! That is the nature of Republicans and their T-bag brown shirts. Greed and cowardice. These people are no different than the Taliban. They want to impose their whack religious ideology on us all. Send them off to Afghanistan and let them live with their fellow gun loving schizo mysogenistic relgious brothers.

    September 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Wonder if Georgia, SC. Mississippi, Alabama will ever enter the 21st century - better yet, just get out of the stone age.

    September 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Thinker

    'What a joke. Chambliss must of sent it himself.

    September 24, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Dave

    Big surprise here... I still remember the filthy campaign Chambliss ran against Max Clelend. Now we have this. Looks like we can add the word "bigot" to the other words that apply to him: "dumb," "chickenhawk," and "redneck."

    September 24, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. William Jefferson

    Chambliss likened a Vietnam hero to Usama bin Laden. This kind of hate speech is par for the course. And he is a republicon after all. Hate speech is just what they do.

    September 24, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |