Senator Saxby Chambliss (Ga.-R) announced today that his office has removed a staffer over a malicious blog comment posted on gay-oriented blog Joe.My.God.
The Senator released a statement condemning the post while saying he called Joe Jarvis, operator of the blog, to personally apologize.
"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," the statement read. "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."
Chambliss staffer ‘removed’ over anti-gay blog comment
Chambliss’ statement did not include the name of the individual, who identified himself as “Jimmy” in the internet posting.
The move comes just one day after Atlanta’s Queer Justice League met with Camila Knowles, State Director and General Counsel for Chambliss over the comment. The QJL requested that Chambliss make a public apology and that his staff undergo sensitivity training.
Chambliss also thanked the Senate Sergeant at Arms for its investigation in the statement.
The comment, “All faggots must die” by a commenter who identified only as “Jimmy” was posted in the aftermath of the Senate’s vote on the 2011 Defense Authorization bill that included repeal language for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Chambliss voted against cloture, which failed to move forward, effectively killing a congressional repeal of the military’s anti-gay policy until after the November midterm elections.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the staffer may have been re-assigned instead of being fired. A call to the Senator’s office yielded no clarification as a spokesperson declined to clarify the statement, particularly of the usage of the word “removed.”