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Saxby Chambliss investigating whether staffer left gay slur

A slur against gays left on the blog Joe.My.God was traced back to the Atlanta office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on Tuesday. Chambliss has confirmed to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he is investigating whether one of his staffers left the comment, which suggested that all gays "must die."

Blog readers helped trace the IP address of the commenter to either Chambliss' office or the office of Sen. Johnny Isakson, nearby. "Among the fields in which gay people are over-represented is the IT field," said one of the bloggers who helped pin down the source.

Isakson has already declared that the message did not come from his staff.

"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 told Politerati. "Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps."

Reporter Jim Galloway told Joe.My.God he's hoping for further confirmation and possibly the name of the staffer today.

By Rachel Weiner  | September 22, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
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I'd bet the trusted aide will never be revealed and then some years later will be outed for being gay against his will.

Posted by: madest | September 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

How much you want to bet the trusted aide will never be revealed and then some years later will be outed for being gay against his will?

Posted by: madest | September 23, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Chambliss is the same guy who questioned the patriotism of his opponent Max Cleland. Cleland lost 3 limbs in Vietnam. Chambliss avoided service with draft deferments. I'm sure his staff has a similar lack of ethics or morality.

Posted by: thebuckguy | September 22, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Chambliss is shocked -- shocked! -- to find anti-gay sentiments among his staffers.

Posted by: Observer691 | September 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The slur used wasn't "gay." The Washington Post will go to any lengths to obscure how viscous these wackjobs are.

Posted by: gjcomm | September 22, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

What about Auntie Zeituni?

Is anti-Americanism racist?

Posted by: FrankTrades | September 22, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: FrankTrades | September 22, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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