U.S. senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is investigating whether one of the staffers at his Atlanta office left a threatening antigay slur on the blog Joe.My.God.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the comment was posted Tuesday shortly after the effort to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy failed in the Senate.
"All [gays] must die," wrote the commenter, identifying himself as "Jimmy."
Blog author Joe Jervis used the IP address associated with the comment to trace the slur to the area of Chambliss's office in Atlanta.
A Chambliss spokeswoman told the Journal-Constitution, "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. Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps."
On Tuesday, Jervis reported that a Journal-Constitution reporter told him that Chambliss had confirmed the comment came from his Atlanta office, but for now the senator's spokeswoman has only issued the preliminary statement.
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