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Georgia Senator Digging Into Anti-Gay Blog Comment

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 23 2010

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss' home office is investigating whether a crudely anti-gay comment left on a blog discussion of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" originated from inside their shop. CNN.com has the story.

Blog readers followed the IP address of the comment back to a block of addresses allocated to the U.S. Senate (urged on by comments like "get on this gay nerds"). From there, the IP address was traced to an Atlanta office building housing the home offices of both Chambliss and his fellow Republican senator, Johnny Isakson. Isakson's office says it wasn't them. Chambliss' office says that it's still looking into the matter, but came out strongly in the meantime, saying that their office "has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged" -- though it wasn't immediately clear if the offending behavior was the leaving of a violently homophobic blog comment or that someone working in a United States Senate office reads blogs and yet doesn't get that their online comments can be traced back to them.

Here's the background on the IP sleuthing.