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Hate attack appears to come from Sen. Chambliss’ office

Timothy Kincaid

September 21st, 2010

Today around noon someone going by “Jimmy” left the following message on Joe Jervis’ blogsite, JoeMyGod, on a thread discussing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

Joe released the IP address of the computer from which the comment was made, and it was identified as belonging to the US Senate and was located in Atlanta, GA. The Senate offices of Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, both Republicans, are located in the same building and the longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates for the IP address direct to that building.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has made inquiries of the Senators’ staff:

A spokeswoman for Isakson said his staff quickly ascertained that the message did not originate there.

Which leaves one other possibility

“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.”

It will be interesting to discover exactly what Sen. Chambliss considers to be appropriate. And it makes one wonder exactly what sort of political atmosphere exists in his office which would allow a staff member to assume that such behavior was acceptable.

Update: Joe Jervis has received confirmation that the comment did indeed come from Chambliss’ office. The identity of the commenter may come tomorrow.

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DN
September 21st, 2010 | LINK

I’m very curious to see how this plays out. About four years ago, an analyst at my airline was so excited about the new routes we were going to fly that he bragged about them on an aviation discussion board. Within a couple days of his bosses finding the comment, the well-meaning guy was marched out the door for revealing trade secrets.

If an airline can figure this kind of thing out, I’m sure these people can…

TomTallis
September 21st, 2010 | LINK

I predict that this is the last we hear of it. Chambliss’ office will stonewall, claiming that it’s a “confidential personnel matter.”

Emily K
September 21st, 2010 | LINK

i wouldn’t be surprised if it were a minor aide or someone who can easily be fired, all the while making chambliss look like a pro-equality politician.

“See? I DO care about fa*gots. I don’t want ‘em to all die. I just don’t want ‘em to teach kindergartners about anal sex.”

Rob San Diego
September 21st, 2010 | LINK

Oh please, these backwards people live in the south. Should we really be surprised?

Other Fred in the UK
September 21st, 2010 | LINK

Regardless of Chambliss’ views on the actual comment he should fire the perpetrator for being stupid enough to do it from his office.

Ryan
September 22nd, 2010 | LINK

I almost feel sorry for Chambliss. Now he has to A) Pretend he gives a damn, and B) Pretend he disagrees.

customartist
September 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Chambliss is the leader, and Therein lies the answer to the quiery of where this mindset comes from. He is but one of a chorus of Republican Leaders.

They have public faces, and private ones, which are their real faces.

I doubt very seriously that they will divulge video surveillance of the poster at the computer.

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