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Saxby Chambliss Calls Blogger To Apologize For Freshly Fired Staffer's Anti-Gay Comment

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This is a pleasant surprise: Sen. Saxby Chambliss personally called blogger Joe Jervis to apologize for an anti-gay message one of his staffers left on his site, Joe My God.

Though Joe wasn't taping the conversation, he offered this paraphrase of the Senator's remarks:

Joe, I don't know if you're Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, but none of that should matter. Because what was said on your blog by someone from my office is just not acceptable, no matter who is saying it and who it's being said to. I just want to offer my sincerest apologies.

The Republican Senator from Georgia also insisted that the delay in finding the culprit was simply a matter of due diligence, but assured Jervis the staffer has been sacked. 

Chambliss' office also sent out a press release on the matter, which I've included AFTER THE JUMP...

"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. I commend the Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, and his staff for their very thorough and professional work.

"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. 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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  1. Maybe a mite slow, but well done.

    Posted by: chris | Sep 30, 2010 5:26:41 PM


  2. I'm not going to give him a pat on the back for doing the right thing but I am surprised this didn't get swept under the rug. Thank you for being a grown up, senator.

    Posted by: matt | Sep 30, 2010 5:27:36 PM


  3. See, Mr. Cox? Even a Republican can occasionally do the right and honorable thing.

    Posted by: phineas | Sep 30, 2010 5:29:09 PM


  4. Hold on a minute. Where's the apology to gay people in general?

    This guy didn't write "Joe my die". An apology to Joe is entirely appropriate but it's not enough.

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 30, 2010 5:32:32 PM


  5. "Joe must die" I mean.

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 30, 2010 5:32:57 PM


  6. Saxby Chambliss, porn name Sexy Shameless lol...

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 30, 2010 5:37:49 PM


  7. A week is not really a long time for a conduct investigation in personnel matters. A bit of civility and a clear expression of remorse goes a long way. I give the Senator his due for calling to personally apologize to Joe and making also public statement apologizing for the hurt incident caused and rejecting such hateful rhetoric and conduct.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Sep 30, 2010 5:45:28 PM


  8. I say give credit where credit is due. It was a heartfelt, and I believe honest, apology, and the appropriate action was taken. Regardless of our political affiliations, we should at least recognize civility and accept apologies when they are legitimately proferred. Thank you Sen. Chambliss for doing the honorable thing. . .I hope such actions become the norm in the future, and not just an anomaly in our political wilderness these days.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 30, 2010 5:45:53 PM


  9. Amazing how quiet the voices were on FOX news on this issue, when there was shrieking horror at the appearance of Colbert in the House.

    Posted by: dancobmmm | Sep 30, 2010 6:04:19 PM


  10. And in case anyone from CNN is reading this, the man's name is 'Joe GerVIS', not "Joe Jervais" (Jer-VAY) as they have pronounced it every single time they have ever mentioned him on air.

    I wonder if they do that intentionally, cuz, ya know, bloggers aren't real people and Joe is... ummm... Gay (rhymes whit 'Jervais')

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Sep 30, 2010 6:34:23 PM


  11. It is good to know that my senator can do the right thing! I give him credit and he deserves it. Now if only he would take that philosophy one step further....

    Posted by: RB | Sep 30, 2010 6:59:47 PM


  12. Thank god. I actually voted for him. Both candidates opposed marriage equality, and I felt Chambliss was better than the Dem.

    Posted by: Dusty | Sep 30, 2010 7:12:52 PM


  13. He did the right thing, and he did it the right way. he didn't say "I'm sorry if anyone was offended."

    And he doesn't owe gay people an apology about this, but the fired guy who wrote on the blog hs some splaining to do.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Sep 30, 2010 7:28:40 PM


  14. To clarify, Chambliss did NOT say he was fired. He said he was REMOVED. This means that he was not a staffer directly employed by Chambliss. Instead, it means he may or may not have been military personnel or based in some other area within D.C. and has been relocated to another position. Until the person is named and they have unequivocally explained their termination, we should not be assuaged.

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 30, 2010 8:09:05 PM


  15. Hey Peter - chill - this happened in his Atlanta office. So there goes your theory.

    Posted by: ATLSteve | Sep 30, 2010 8:28:37 PM


  16. Wow a republican that has real morals. Who would have thunk it.

    Posted by: Harry | Sep 30, 2010 9:07:56 PM


  17. I wonder why this "staffer" typed that phrase on that particular blog. Did he/she have a rage at the gays moment and do a google and that blog came up and inflamed him/her further? Interesting to say the least.

    Posted by: Mick | Sep 30, 2010 9:20:47 PM


  18. It's good that he did the right thing. However, he's still a caveman based on all of his positions:

    http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/saxby_chambliss.htm

    "Opposing marriage equality" is a genteel way of putting what this guy is for. There's a reason why someone in his office would be the time to believe all faggots must die.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 30, 2010 9:41:13 PM


  19. As far as I know, this person, who never served himself in the Armed Forces but who has been repeatedly honored by the defense industry for the massive pork he has delivered, has NEVER apologized to Max Cleland for the vicious attacks he made on a man who was horribly injured in protection of the men he was with.

    I need hardly mention that this person joined every single other Republican senator, who wrap themselves around the Flag, in shooting down a minor pay increase for our troops, better access to healthcare for their families, improved service by the Veterans Administration, and a lot of other measures intended to support our troops.

    I'm glad that Joe Jervis got treated better by this person than have all of our troops. But it makes this person just not a total piece of crap.

    Posted by: EdA | Sep 30, 2010 10:00:21 PM


  20. Everyone seems to be so quick to accept Chambliss's apology and the statement the staffer has been removed. What does removed mean? Republicans are very good a word games and deception. Removed from that office and transferred to another, DC perhaps? Removed from that desk or job and given another? Removed is probably the word Frank Luntz told them to use. Nor has the perpetrator been publicly identified. Who wrote the offending comment?

    Sorry, I don't trust Chambliss any further than I can heave his fat carcass. I'll wait till the culprit is identified and his removal, meaning termination of employment, is verified. Otherwise this is just political spin from a slime-ball GOP senator. I'm sure he's hoping it will all just go away now, but I still have questions and would like answers.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 30, 2010 10:03:32 PM


  21. Why aren't we being told this person's name?

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 30, 2010 10:08:23 PM


  22. Whatever. Not impressed. Still wish we could vote him out.

    Posted by: John | Sep 30, 2010 10:45:07 PM


  23. I did a search on "removed" versus "fired"...I came up with Headlines like "Lions coach removed..." and in the article it says he was fired.

    It is used synonymously when an individual seems to have a prestigious job or a military position where you cannot be fired only discharged, removed from duty, etc.

    So...I'm thinking the dude is either military and removed from duty or it is a nice way of saying fired. You don't generally fire public servants, either

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 30, 2010 10:54:19 PM


  24. The culprit will be named in the next couple of days...on FOX "News."

    You will then see him portrayed as a martyr on every one of their comedies, from Glenda Beck to Sean Hannity to that show starring the retarded people in the morning.

    Posted by: Steve in DE | Sep 30, 2010 10:56:32 PM


  25. Thank god. I actually voted for him. Both candidates opposed marriage equality, and I felt Chambliss was better than the Dem.

    Posted by: Dusty | Sep 30, 2010 7:12:52 PM

    Regardless Dusty you must be a crazy right winger to admit you voted for this shrill!

    Posted by: Johnny Cub | Oct 1, 2010 12:18:48 AM


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