Georgia Republican Sen, Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that an anti-gay comment posted at GLBT site JoeMyGod.com originated from his office, but says that the offensive remark was posted by a staffer.
The comment was left at JoeMyGod.com on Sept. 21 by someone identified as "Jimmy." The comment was left at an article reporting that the senate had voted against cloture for a bill that would have rescinded "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," the anti-gay law that bars openly GLBT servicemembers from the armed forces.
The message’s IP address indicated that the message had originated from Chambliss’ office, and once this was made known online the senator’s staff launched an investigation, with spokesperson Bronwyn Lance Chester assuring the media that the senator’s office was "moving quickly to understand the facts," the Associated Press reported Sept. 22.
Chester went on to say that "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."
The message from "Jimmy" was left at JoeMyGod.com at 3:25:50 p.m. and read simply, "All Faggots must die." About 16 minutes later, blogger Joe Jervis posted, "The IP appears to resolve to the Atlanta office GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss."
Confirmation that the message originated in the senator’s office followed quickly, reported the Atlantic Wire on Sept. 22.
Joe Sudbay at AmericaBlog posted commentary on the message, writing, "[W]hy should anyone be surprised that an anti-gay slur came from the office of GOP Senator when GOP Senators spent the day trashing gays and lesbians. Actually, the GOPers were trashing gay and lesbian servicemembers."
Blogger Jason Pye recollected Chambliss’ own anti-gay remarks from last February, when the senator warned that allowing openly gay troops to serve would transform the military into a zone of ""alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art," and declared that "the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would very likely create an unacceptable risk to those high standards."
At his Atlantic.com blog, Andrew Sullivan posted a brief item reading, in part, "Chambliss’ public record has been to oppose any and all legislation to grant gay men and lesbians basic civil rights, such as the right to marry. He also opposes the right of gay servicemembers not to lie about their private lives."
Wikipedia notes that Chambliss has been given high marks by groups such as the NRA and the National Right to Life Committee, whereas he has received poor ratings from NARAL and the League of Conservation Voters.