Saxby Chambliss says gay slur originated with his office

My AJC colleague Bob Keefe in Washington has this:

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office has determined it was indeed the source of a highly publicized homosexual-bashing slur on an Internet site.

But in a statement, Chambliss’ office said it has not discovered exactly who was behind the slur, and has turned the matter over to the Senate Sergeant At Arms.

“The (Sergeant at Arms) 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,” an unsigned statement from Chambliss’ press office read.

“There has not been a determination as to who posted the comment,” the statement read. “That part of the review is ongoing, and is now in the hands of the Senate Sergeant at Arms.”

Spokeswomen for Chambliss did not return a reporters phone calls or emails seeking more details.

Tuesday, a poster identifying himself as “Jimmy” wrote “All (gays) must die” on Joe.My.God., a blog dedicated to gay and lesbian issues – just as Republican Chambliss and other senators were debating a Democratic proposal to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The proposal failed.

The posting was traced back to an Internet Protcol address matching Chambliss’ office, but it’s unclear whether it was one of his offices in Georgia or in Washington.

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100 comments Add your comment

Kevin

September 22nd, 2010
7:25 pm

Fine. Fire the employee. But it surely gives an indication of what Chambliss’ office looks for in a candidate.

Dave

September 22nd, 2010
7:26 pm

A perhaps flawed analogy to Nathan Deal’s problems: Nathan says all he did is help his kids (though I’d disagree). All the Senator did was hire whomever is a bigot (or hire the person who hired the bigot).

An aside, the really dumb thing about the comment left on the gay site is that who was the person hoping to convince of what? Gratuitous hate for its own sake by someone that draws a government salary.

Marcos

September 22nd, 2010
7:26 pm

This will quietly disappear and we will never know who did this stupid act. And you can bet that Chambliss and his staff will not punish anyone.

Aquagirl

September 22nd, 2010
7:26 pm

Incredible. Someone in Georgia is dumber than Nathan Deal.

Roger Searcy

September 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

Oh come on! In any office of any size in the world you can find someone who is anti-gay or anti-black or anti-something bad. Look at some of the people Obama has hired!

NoDealGeorgia

September 22nd, 2010
7:31 pm

And how did said staff member even know about joe.my.god, a gay blog? Apparently, he/she visited it before…

Out state ought to be a much better example nationally. Right now we’re a laughingstock. Barnes’s ad from, a month or two ago, is spot on. Why would any buisness want to relocate when we’re in the news because of:
-A staffer from our senator wanting to kill all the [gays]?
-A national laughingstock candidate in Nathan Deal for Governor?
-Corruption investigations involving a major party Gubernatorial candidate and the current Lt. Governor?
-A state assembly more concerned with microchips in brains than creating jobs?

Unreal.

SAR

September 22nd, 2010
7:35 pm

I like the fact that he is checking it out and publicly acknowledging the problem. However, I don’t believe anything on computers anymore…the internet is a cesspool of trash and anyone can see it’s full of hacks.

Uhave2laff

September 22nd, 2010
7:44 pm

After the Republicans voted unanimously against the cloture vote to end debate on the National Defense bill and move it to the floor for a vote, effectively killing the repeal of DADT and the DREAM Act, there’s no way I’d believe that one lone employee working in a Republican senator’s office never heard anything derogatory about our gay men and women serving valiantly in the military. They were probably the ones who got him riled up enough to wrote what he did. Either that or he’s a closet gay full of self-loathing in a Republican’s suit.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 22nd, 2010
7:47 pm

I am not particularly a Chambliss fan though I have voted for him. I do think it unfair to blame him for this act of stupidity. My best guess is that the perpetrator of this post will be summarily fired. Whoever posted that is entitled to his opinion – if he does not let that opinion interfere with his service in whatever position he holds. In this case, he should be fired not only for his inappropriate action, but because he is too stupid to be employed there.

Now, those of you who merely want this as a reason to fire salvos at Chambliss, knock yourselves out.

Fishawk

September 22nd, 2010
7:48 pm

Trickle down sociology. lol

findog

September 22nd, 2010
7:48 pm

AQ,
That would be someone “else” is as
Because no one could be stupider than Nathan this cycle
Besides he turned it over the military — and the sergeant of arms is going to side with the marine selected to be commandant; they’re in the war department where making people die is their primary objective

partlycloudy

September 22nd, 2010
7:48 pm

Did someone tell Chambliss this was wrong? I’m sure he’s a gay basher also.
Republicans seem to be allergic to gays.

(I’m straight but believe in letting people live their lives as they please,, as long as they don’t harm other living things, even republicans.)

So Chambliss should fire up the polygraph machine and get the person who did this out of there. Oh wait, wait, he’d have to fire everyone for agreeing with it, including himself.

Goobers

September 22nd, 2010
7:49 pm

Now, has Jawja GOP Senator Suxby Shameless owned up to sending that hateful email, or is he still taking the chickenhawk approach he knows so well and trying to get a staffer to take the fall for him?

GOP Squidbillies

September 22nd, 2010
7:50 pm

Wow, the Georgia GOP is just loaded with brainpower. Too bad that cartoon redneck squid isn’t real and can’t run for statewide office.

Dave

September 22nd, 2010
7:51 pm

When Hell Freezes Over – hiring someone that is too stupid to work doesn’t reflect on the employer?

Patrick H

September 22nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Accountability should be the polygraph test and the immediately firing of the guilty party. If Jimmy is saying all people will die, that is a fact and if he means all gays are bound for hell then that is a religious view. Jimmy has a right to his religious view but he should not endanger any other person while demostrating his constitutional right.

techengineer

September 22nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Give the fine man a raise would ya Saxby! Homosexuality is nasty nasty nasty.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 22nd, 2010
7:54 pm

SAR:

Yep, you’re right. I trust very little I read on the internet that I can’t verify in some other way. I was looking for something today re Obama’s administration and poof – there was a slap at Deal on ethics, paid for by the Roy Barnes ouutfit! It’s getting to the place that you would have to lock yourself in a room to avoid seeing, hearing or reading about Deal, and most of it paid for by Barnes groups.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 pm

Dave:

Sometimes it takes a while for stupidity to surface. Depending on your age, you have either already been fooled by someone or it awaits you in the future!

blah

September 22nd, 2010
8:03 pm

Good luck finding the employee. How many in Chambliss’ office hold such views and could have typed them?

hl

September 22nd, 2010
8:03 pm

Saxby appears to be taking the situation seriously and intends to fire the person writing the post.
IMO, the person did more than just write a bigoted post. If he wanted to just be a bigot he could have just called them all f*gs but instead he had to say that all f*gg*ts must die. His post was bigoted and threatening and should not be excused by saying so and so hired a bad person too..

ex-gay

September 22nd, 2010
8:03 pm

While the statement was absurd, homosexuality is an abomination. It should be shunned rather than encouraged.

Dave

September 22nd, 2010
8:04 pm

Have indeed been fooled and will be again if I live long enough; and, that has led me to be very careful. I’m stretching here; but, I’m thinking the atmosphere in the Senator’s office tolerates or accommodates hatred like Jimmy, the staffer or employee, showed if Jimmy has been there even a short period of time. Brand new, the Senator gets a pass, otherwise my original point stands.

Troll

September 22nd, 2010
8:05 pm

Is this the part where I start dropping slurs?

khc

September 22nd, 2010
8:05 pm

heck saxby the big guy he is was a 4-f; could have served in peace corps…..then he bashes a disabled vietnam vet max cleland……chickenhawk supreme……nice going!

When Hell Freezes Over

September 22nd, 2010
8:09 pm

Hold the phone!

I want someone to explain to me how this person “threatened” anyone. Assault, by law, is a threat made wherby the person making the threat has the means of carrying out the act. I don’t think that anyone can cast anyone into “hell” to burn. That is left to a higher authority than mortal man. I see no threat in what was posted.

red hill

September 22nd, 2010
8:10 pm

Yup, all the libs have pulled out their copies of “Rules for Radicals”. Somebody makes a homophobic remark and every Republican gets blamed ad infinitum, ad nauseam, yawn. Thankfully the libtard tactics are now known by everyone and only serve to make the left look foolish.

Travis McGee

September 22nd, 2010
8:18 pm

Looks like these ol’ boys thought they were running into the arms of the Tea Party but found it was the KKK.

And, so it goes. . . .

Cult of the Giant Black Snake

September 22nd, 2010
8:22 pm

Studies indicate the Southerner in particular is very fearful that ‘his’ white women will be so attracted to the “Cult of the Giant Black Snake” they will abandon his ‘tiny’ self. Something similar is at work with the unnatural obsession with gay sex that pervades Dixie in particular. Secretly the gaybashers are gay themselves and dream of domination/penetration by a powerful male, while the women fear losing their males to the gay lifestyle that said males secretly long for.

ex-gay

September 22nd, 2010
8:29 pm

liberal progressives are a clear and present danger to America.

td

September 22nd, 2010
8:30 pm

I am more and more amazed reading these blogs at how much these liberals truly hate the people in the state of Georgia. I really want to know why one would stay in a state that they hate so much? Why not leave and go somewhere that you would be happy?

lynn

September 22nd, 2010
8:34 pm

This should come as no surprise. We all know Republicans hate gays.

I can see Russia from my house

September 22nd, 2010
8:38 pm

Saxby, come on up to Alaska and help me keep an eye out for the Russians. We’ll hunt and bag some gays while we’re at it.

td

September 22nd, 2010
8:40 pm

lynn, I am not seeing all these republicans coming on here talking about hating gay people. I do see a great deal of people coming on these blogs hating conservatives and Republicans. I am beginning to think that it is the liberals that have the hate problem.

Let 'em die

September 22nd, 2010
8:45 pm

Do away with insurance that covers pre-existing conditions – vote republican.

Brad

September 22nd, 2010
8:56 pm

You’re on to something there, Cult. However, studies just out also indicate that black homophobes may also fall prey to the Black Snake. (ref Long, Bishop)

1 Boring Old Man » kind of doubt it…

September 22nd, 2010
8:58 pm

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Rational Man

September 22nd, 2010
9:01 pm

ex-gay @ 8:03 While the statement was absurd, homosexuality is an abomination. It should be shunned rather than encouraged.

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Ex-gay, I hope you’re not working on Sunday’s. We’d have to put you to death. (Exodus 35:2) (To be fair, I’m not a biblical expert, so I don’t know if “work” includes doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, running errands, studying for school, or paying bills. Perhaps you can consult Bishop Eddie Long on that issue.) Also, eating shrimp is bad for you. God apparently feels one of his tastiest creations is an abomination, which is kind of an odd thing to do, if you ask me. Someone should notify Red Lobster so they can respect the word of the Lord and go out of business. (Leviticus 11:10)

While we’re on the subject of Leviticus and abominations, do your immortal soul a favor and check the clothes you’re wearing. If they are cotton/poly blend or (heaven forbid) cotton/spandex (check your undies in particular), you’ll want to repent, or make a reservation in the fires of hell. (Leviticus 19:19)

Oh, and the next time you swear at the Braves for making some bone-headed plays, please turn yourself in at the next condo board meeting so everyone can get together to stone you to death. (Leviticus 24:10-16)

Then again, maybe we could just agree that rational, modern humans don’t make rules based on a book that was pieced together from stories told by men who didn’t know what gravity was, and were fearful of an eclipse.

Cult of the Giant Black Snake

September 22nd, 2010
9:06 pm

Well, Brad, you know it was a serpent that led to man’s fall from Eden. That thing is just irresistible; hard to imagine for something that looks, tastes, and smells like a coral reef sea creature.

Not one of the pretty creatures either, like those neon purple feathers pulsating on the anemone. Noooo…

CobbGOPer

September 22nd, 2010
9:14 pm

Moron. If you’re going to spew hate, at least do it on your home computer.

Brad

September 22nd, 2010
9:20 pm

No argument from me, Cult. lol

lynn

September 22nd, 2010
9:26 pm

Well, td, their policies speak volumes. I don’t hate conservatives or Republicans. However, I do hate lies, hypocrisy, intolerance, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Billy in Savannah

September 22nd, 2010
9:31 pm

Saxby Chambliss is repugnant for the way he campaigned against Cleland. I would never vote for this unscrupulous politician. Check out the way he backed the sugar refinery in Savannah after the explosion that killed so many ad ridiculed the whistle-blower (after he had received thousands of dollars from the sugar company). There is no surrise did not carry Chatham County last year.

Larry Craig

September 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

Now Now Boys, We Republicans are kind of like the Taliban. We hate homosexuals and yet we are homosexuals. It a conundrum. Tap Tap Tap

khc

September 22nd, 2010
9:50 pm

i thought hypocrisy, intolerance, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness were part of their party platform/values

rod bodiford

September 22nd, 2010
9:55 pm

According to another web site, Saxby Chambliss is called “Jimmy” by his old friends in Moultrie.

JJ Harper

September 22nd, 2010
10:21 pm

Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
“Threats?” It seems to me that the blogger simply stated what God has already promised. On the same token, if Christian America doesn’t carry out that order, we will pay the price. Yet “we” allow them to continue walking hand in hand and grabbing each other’s butts in public. Oh… never mind… we are already paying the price! God’s wrath is upon us, and we still continue to ignore Him! Sooner than later America will wake up. God promises that too!
Americanmilitant.org

william

September 22nd, 2010
10:45 pm

Rod: cite the website. I’m betting $1000 you can’t…

John K

September 22nd, 2010
10:49 pm

Par for the course with the GOP.

td

September 22nd, 2010
10:49 pm

lynn

September 22nd, 2010
9:26 pm
Well, td, their policies speak volumes. I don’t hate conservatives or Republicans. However, I do hate lies, hypocrisy, intolerance, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

You just described the Democratic party to a tea. Do you really think Obama would have been elected President if he would have told the truth about health care, redistribution of wealth and taxing raising the taxes on every person in the country?