Chambliss Staffer Fired Following Investigation Into Slur

Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:21pm

The investigation into a link between an anti-gay comment on a blog and Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office has ended and one staff member has been fired, according to the Georgia Republican.

“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. “I commend the Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, and his staff for their very thorough and professional work.”

The comment “All faggots must die” was written this month on the gay rights blog Joe.My.God after a procedural vote on the defense authorization failed. The measure included a repeal of the military ban on openly gay service members.

A few tech-savvy blog readers tracked the comment to Chambliss’ Atlanta office after blog owner Joe Jervis posted the Internet Protocol address linked to the comment.

The name of the fired staffer was not released.

“I have called Mr. Jervis, the blog’s author, and apologized to him personally, and I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused,” Chambliss said. “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.”