Did Saxby Chambliss aide leave threatening slur?

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirmed Tuesday that he investigating whether one of his staffers left a threatening slur on an Internet discussion of the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

“We have seen the allegations and are moving quickly to understand the facts. This office has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged,” Chambliss spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said. “Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps.”

The comment was posted on Joe.My.God., a blog dedicated to gay and lesbian issues.

“All [gays] must die,” wrote the commenter, identifying himself as “Jimmy,” shortly after a Democratic bid to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” faltered in the U.S. Senate.

Blog author Joseph Jervis of New York City used the Internet Protocol address attached to the comment to trace the slur to “the neighborhood” of Chambliss’ office in Atlanta. Readers quickly helped.

“Among the fields in which gay people are over-represented is the IT field,” said Jervis, who is also the East Coast editor for Pride magazine.

Chambliss’ office is located along I-75, near the Cobb Galleria. The office of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is in the same area, but on the opposite side of the interstate.

A spokeswoman for Isakson, who is up for re-election, said his staff quickly ascertained that the message did not originate with them.

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Gay IT Guy

September 21st, 2010
5:28 pm

Oh, I’m on it. I’ll report back what I find.

NoDealGeorgia

September 21st, 2010
5:30 pm

They’ve updated, and think it came from Isakson’s office.

This could be HUGE if it did. We’d have a Re-election battle on our hands.

Ant

September 21st, 2010
5:32 pm

That’s hilarious,but not farfetched.

This is what we are up against

September 21st, 2010
5:35 pm

So on one hand we have gay Arabic translators who are not allowed to protect our country.

On the other, we have a crazed, homophobic Senate staffer who is issuing death threats.

And which one of these is not suited to serve in the military?

Veteran

September 21st, 2010
5:40 pm

For all the gay men and women who have served, and particularly for those who have given their life, and for those that have fought for this precious country, I am embarrassed by the current state of the mindless Republican Party.

Nolan

September 21st, 2010
5:41 pm

Well, certainly the homophobic issuing death threats is better suited for serving the military. At least he is willing to murder people.

Goobers

September 21st, 2010
5:42 pm

It is obvious that Jawja is sinking deep into the possum patch, with the chiggers and the hookworm… back into being only a moronic cesspit; sentient beings are leaving even as we speak.

On the other hand, maybe Deal can capitalize on this, doing some intense gaybashing to get the goobers pathetic minds off his shady finances and focused on something really important like “homos and queers”.

Brad

September 21st, 2010
5:48 pm

Wow. Just wow.

Mason

September 21st, 2010
5:49 pm

This “investigation” smacks of religious persecution. Whoever made the comment was just paraphrasing the Holy scripture: “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13) Our laws should reflect God’s law, right? This is a Christian nation after all.

Born with a tan.

September 21st, 2010
5:52 pm

Tsk…Tsk.. TSK.. Poor RepubliKLANSMEN not so smart, had no idea that IP addresses could be traced. I am so elated that this happened hopefully whoever the guilty party is, they will be asked to resign fro senator. Both of them are useless.

Red

September 21st, 2010
5:53 pm

Amazing how just one ignorant person’s comment causes so many other ignorant people to generalize as well. The “tolerant” are on here generalizing and stereotyping about conservatives, Republicans, etc. Amazing how ignorance breeds ignorance. There’s no hope.

Dave

September 21st, 2010
5:54 pm

Oh Mason, sigh. Or you’re putting us on. Tell me your putting us on.

A Very Simple Choice

September 21st, 2010
5:55 pm

The veil is being removed…The man upstairs don’t like ugly.

deegee

September 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

No, Mason. This is not a Christian nation after all. Next?

Frequent Voter

September 21st, 2010
5:58 pm

This is EXACTLY why I cannot vote Republican. Just when you think they might be making some sense on fiscal issues, they go back to their idiotic ways.

Jim Galloway

September 21st, 2010
5:59 pm

More to come on this, and very quickly, people. But I’ve heard from Johnny Isakson’s staff and they’ve ascertained that the slur did not originate with their office.

Randy

September 21st, 2010
6:00 pm

We are going to vote Isakson and Chambliss, Deal out the office …Deal this will be a big blow for the republican party. I feel gays have the right to be open in the military how we going to talk about how Iran treat there citizens and America dont want Gays to serve in the military. Wake up America let vote the NO PARTY out of the office.

Blake

September 21st, 2010
6:00 pm

Mason get a clue. No one follows the Old Testament anymore. But then again, if you are a Repuclican, I am sure you do!!!!

Saddened

September 21st, 2010
6:02 pm

Leviticus is in the OLD TESTAMENT, Mason. Christians believe that we should follow the teachings of Jesus (the NEW TESTAMENT) which include turning the other cheek and loving thy neighbor as thyself…in case you’re interested.

deegee

September 21st, 2010
6:03 pm

One afternoon I called Saxby Chambliss’ office in Washington to express my opinion in favor of immigration reform. The hick that answered the phone listened to my comment and said, “yer not in favor of AMNESTY, are you???” Not surprised that someone from the enlightened Jawja delegation has made a total azz out of him or herself.

majii

September 21st, 2010
6:04 pm

I’m right with you, Frequent Voter and Randy. I voted for Perdue, but under no circumstances will I vote for Deal.

Marko

September 21st, 2010
6:04 pm

Please. Please. If you haven’t seen the documentary ‘Outrage’, put it in your cue. The homophobia and closet cases in our government voting against us must be exposed.

http://www.outragethemovie.com/

Red

September 21st, 2010
6:06 pm

Frequent Voter – so this is how you determine a party to vote for? Based on the actions of some staffer? Wow. I’ll have to get you a list of stupid actions of Dem staffers. Maybe you’ll just stay home on election day.

cmh

September 21st, 2010
6:07 pm

I think Mason is engaging in some obvious sarcasm of usual social conservative talking points/screeds.

TruthBe

September 21st, 2010
6:07 pm

People Mason is correct. The Lord said to “love the sinner and hate the sin”. Homosexaulity is an abomination to the LORD thy GOD…………………. These people are crying out for help. The Churches and Temples can help you people out there that are in need of help . Just ask.

Brad

September 21st, 2010
6:09 pm

@ Red

It’s not the comment, per se, as obnoxious as it is, it’s the point of origin. That’s the story.

Jeremiah Satterfield

September 21st, 2010
6:14 pm

If every gay person and their straight advocates serving in the military, working at the defense department, working at police and fire departments across the nation were to tender their resignations in reaction to the blockage of this vote, I think there might be movement in this country toward Barry Goldwater’s suggeastion to lift the ban and this unfair policy.
On the other hand, maybe just maybe, this Republican party tactic might energize enough voters to get to the polls this November to vote against any further power gains for Republicans in the House and the Senate.

Dan L

September 21st, 2010
6:14 pm

Mason-
If you follow Leviticus to the letter, then you also do not wear two of the same kind of cloth, or eat the fruit of a plant younger than 3 years old (plant any tomatoes this summer?), or eat any kind of shrimp or crab, or shave your beard. Please confirm that you follow all of these Levitican laws before worrying about a different one?

Red

September 21st, 2010
6:16 pm

Again, if some staffer does or says something stupid you attribute it to the whole party? Biden says and does stupid things all the time. I guess all Dems need to jump off a cliff. Staffers on all sides do stupid things. I sure hope the same logic that some apply here apply it to Dems as well. Otherwise they are as ignorant as the source of this comment.

The point of origin should not be a story. The only reason it is a story is because the left wants it to be one. It’s fun and games to pin the actions of a staffer on a Senator who disagrees with you. The whole point is to say “See? Saxby’s office is filled with bigots. His staff hates gays and therefore he does as well.” Believe me when I say I am no fan of Saxby but this is nothing but an opportunistic witch hunt on a politically charged issue the day of a politically charged vote. Sensational journalism in effect as well.

Find the staffer and prosecute for such a comment. I’d expect the office as well as the Senator to repudiate this action and person.

Jay

September 21st, 2010
6:16 pm

Normal, it was your mini-me, Normal Too.

Ben

September 21st, 2010
6:17 pm

If you’re a big follower of Leviticus, then you better give up bacon and shellfish.

John

September 21st, 2010
6:19 pm

This does point out that the DADT debate isn’t really about military readiness or morale or anything like that; it’s about preserving the right to hate some people and marginalize them.

One really has to wonder about the quality of people working in Senate offices, though, if they’re too stupid to figure out that posting homophobic death threats from work computers is not a wise move. Certainly anybody at my private employer who did such a thing would be fired so fast it would make your head spin.

fake name

September 21st, 2010
6:19 pm

It is *possible* that someone did an “IP spoof” so that the looks like the post came from the Senate building. Give this the benefit of the doubt.

Jay

September 21st, 2010
6:25 pm

Turning in the backhoe for a D-9, huh Reporter?

Brad

September 21st, 2010
6:27 pm

Uh, Red, looking for information is not a witch-hunt. Unless the story is pursued, we won’t know if it’s an isolated incident, or evidence of a pervasive attitude. As voters, we need to know.

Truth Hurts

September 21st, 2010
6:31 pm

Jeremiah Satterfield:

“If every gay person and their straight advocates serving in the military, working at the defense department, working at police and fire departments across the nation were to tender their resignations”

That would surely accomplish one thing: it would provide an opportunity for employment for a whole lot of the unemployed who do not realize that the recession was over in 2009!

Flash

September 21st, 2010
6:34 pm

RED, It is not about just one story, as sad and ugly as it is. Truth is the Republican party has a long and very well documented history of bias and bigotry. Not only as it pertains to gay and lesbian citizens and service people, but ,for a while, other minorities . All one need do is pay attention for a period of time to clearly see the patterns. Save your cover ups and stop preaching about other peoples ignorance. There is no shortage of ignorance on either side of the isle. In this case, it is just most glaring on the Republican side. Now, hows that for tolerance.

RGB

September 21st, 2010
6:35 pm

My comment, which wasn’t offensive, wasn’t posted.

Care to tell me why?

Back to listening to Mark Levin on 640 WGST.

Another Person Who Can Read

September 21st, 2010
6:35 pm

Mason, how about reading the entire book of Leviticus before picking out the one verse that justifies your hatred of others. I’m pretty sure if we applied that entire book to you and yours we would all have to come to your house and smite your entire family for at least three generations. Thanks again for another loving Christian comment.

Truth Hurts

September 21st, 2010
6:35 pm

fake name:

By Jove, I do believe you’ve got it! That is a far more likely explanation for this idiocy. It also wouldn’t surprise me if the author of this was homosexual carrying out his/her own agenda.

Chris

September 21st, 2010
6:37 pm

That blogger, while out of line, is not far off from what Cynthia Tucker posts every day. She’s a very one-sided blogger with a lot of name calling going on. People spew hate from both sides.

Skip Ferris

September 21st, 2010
6:41 pm

Considering that being “gay” is an invalid lifestyle in accordance with the Bible and historically with the United States morality, not to mention most countries of the world, all homosexual proponents should be ignored, denied, and censored. End of subject.

Yankee in Gooberville

September 21st, 2010
6:42 pm

Right wing nut cases populate the state like roaches. Hateful miserable bible thumping idiots. History will crush you.

Bawney Fwank

September 21st, 2010
6:46 pm

Sounds like the Democraps, with the help of a skilled hacker, has stooped to new lows to spread lies against our Republican Congressmen!

Anonymous

September 21st, 2010
6:47 pm

Did Isakson’s spokeswoman state how she determined that the post did not come from within the office?

khc

September 21st, 2010
6:51 pm

hey skip, how long have you been a nutjob!

RugbySkin

September 21st, 2010
6:52 pm

“This “investigation” smacks of religious persecution. Whoever made the comment was just paraphrasing the Holy scripture: “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13) Our laws should reflect God’s law, right? This is a Christian nation after all.”

Ok, so when are you going to call for the death of children that backtalk their parents? Or people who get tattoos? Or women who don’t wear veils? Or women who speak in churches? Or people who eat pork or shellfish? Or people who wear cotton poly blends? All of those aren’t allowed by the Bible. People who point to the Bible as a basis for their prejudices are often just cherry picking their beliefs and ignoring the parts that they don’t want to conform to.

Robert

September 21st, 2010
6:52 pm

Neighborhood????
A few questions.
1. Did Jim verify the truth of this accusation before he printed it
2. Does the” from the neighborhood” meet the standards of the AJC to print this allegation?

What investigations are being undertaken to identify the posters who say perfectly awful things about Christains? Or is that not of interest to Galloway and the AJC?

Just curious.

red hill

September 21st, 2010
6:53 pm

This was not a threat. The only people this matters to are the left wing nut jobs who populate Atlanta like roaches. Atlanta is not Georgia.

Flash

September 21st, 2010
6:55 pm

Skip Ferris, you might want to do a little research before you show your ignorance. The document that defines “United States morality” clearly states “We the People”. Not we the white people, not we the straight people, not we the baptist people, not anything but “We the People”. As for other countries in the world. Gay and lesbian citizens serve openly and freely in every military in the industrialized world. Some have been doing so for years. Your own personal interpretation of the Bible, is just that and not relevant to this discussion. Bigotry will fail with time. It is unfortunate that the discussion gets so ugly in the process.