Less than 24 hours after the inflammatory web comment appeared, Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that it was posted from one of the computers in his office. Someone using the name Jimmy posted the comment "All Faggots must die" on a post by prominent gay rights blogger Joe Jervis about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Jervis responded, "The IP address *appears* to resolve to the neighborhood of GOP U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Atlanta office." Now that Chambliss has confirmed and promised to investigate, the story has quickly expanded from gay rights bloggers to national media outlets. Here's what people have to say about the ongoing controversy.
Chambliss's Anti-Gay Rights Culture The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan writes, "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." Jason Pye adds, "Chambliss has his own record of saying idiotic things about gays serving in the military. Back in February, Chambliss said during a hearing that repeal of DADT would open the military up to 'alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art.'"
- Not So Surprising AMERICAblog's Joe Sudbay balks, "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."
- Reveals Republican Hypocrisy on Gay Rights FireDogLake's "Attaturk" scoffs, "If you so much as say you are gay, you are out of the military -- even if it needs all the folks it can find, especially ones who are intelligent and multilingual." He writes of Chambliss, "But if you're straight-out homophobic, have never served a day in your life in the military and can barely speak your own language, you can be a U.S. Senator. And quite possibly if you work for that Senator you can type stuff like this." Balloon Juice's John Cole writes, "Of course it was a staffer. Chambliss was busy in the well of the Senate, the 'world's greatest deliberative body,' doing the official gay bashing as he voted against DADT."
- Chambliss Office Responds The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway reports:
"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 said. "Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps."
- What's Happening Next Joe Jervis writes, "[Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jim] Galloway tells me a further confirmation, and hopefully, the identity of the commenter, should come tomorrow. I've also talked to producers at CNN and two Fox affiliates who may be covering the story."