One week after it was confirmed that Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R-GA) office was the source of an online comment stating "all faggots must die," Chambliss fired the culprit on Thursday and personally apologized for the comment.
The comment was posted on the gay culture and politics site Joe. My. God as the Senate was debating a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"--a policy that Chambliss supports--which was attached to the Defense authorization bill. (The vote failed.) According to statements from Chambliss's office, it was not immediately clear who in particular posted the comment; the office worked with the Senate Sergeant at Arms to trace it.
Chambliss said that, following an investigation by the Senate Sergeant at Arms, he'd decided to fire the staffer, and personally call the author of the blog to apologize."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," Chambliss said in a statement."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," he said. "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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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.