Saxby Chambliss Calls Blogger To Apologize For Freshly Fired Staffer’s Anti-Gay Comment

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This is a pleasant surprise: Sen. Saxby Chambliss personally called blogger Joe Jervis to apologize for an anti-gay message one of his staffers left on his site, Joe My God.

Though Joe wasn't taping the conversation, he offered this paraphrase of the Senator's remarks:

Joe, I don't know if you're Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, but none of that should matter. Because what was said on your blog by someone from my office is just not acceptable, no matter who is saying it and who it's being said to. I just want to offer my sincerest apologies.

The Republican Senator from Georgia also insisted that the delay in finding the culprit was simply a matter of due diligence, but assured Jervis the staffer has been sacked. 

Chambliss' office also sent out a press release on the matter, which I've included AFTER THE JUMP

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

"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. 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."


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AC360: Rep. Jared Polis & LCR’s Clarke Cooper Discuss Chambliss Scandal

Tonight CNN’s Anderson Cooper discussed the “all faggots must die” comment left by a Sen. Saxby Chambliss staffer here on JMG, bringing on Rep. Jared Polis and Log Cabin head R. Clarke Cooper. (The same pair discussed the issue on MSNBC’s Hardball yesterday.) Tonight’s conversation focused more on the delay in identifying the culprit, although LCR’s Cooper once again attempted to derail the issue by launching into an attack on Obama over DADT.

UNRELATED: CNN really has a problem with my name, this is the third mention in as many weeks in which they get it wrong. Whatevs.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits: It Was My Guy That Said “All Faggots Must Die”

The office of GOP Sen. Saxby Chamblis has admitted that it was their staffer that left the comment “All faggots must die” on this blog yesterday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

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.

We’re standing by for your apology, Sen. Chambliss.

UPDATE: The New York Times has interviewed me for likely publication tomorrow.

UPDATE II: Keith Olbermann covered the story tonight.

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Looks like ‘Faggots must die’ comment at Joe.My.God came from office of Sen. Chambliss (R-GA)

Wow. This is so disturbing. But, why 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.

From Joe, who has the initial details and this update:

I’ve just gotten off the phone with Atlanta Journal-Constitution political writer Jim Galloway who says that Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” comment left here on JMG earlier today did indeed come from his Atlanta office. Galloway reports that Chambliss told him his office is conducting an internal investigation.

Joe added, “The AJC’s Galloway cautions that Chambliss is not taking responsibility yet.” Wonder if they ever will.




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