Kirby Delauter: Small-time Politician, Big-time Fool

Kirby Delauter

Kirby Delauter

Kirby Delauter has made himself an international fool. What did the Frederick County, MD Councilman do? He threatened to sue his local newspaper for saying his name in print without his approval.

Now, Delauter is seeing his name in print again because his foolish threat has become international news.

The Washington Post published a commentary by Eugene Volokh titled “This post shamelessly uses Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization“.

Volohk writes, “Uh, Council Member: In our country, newspapers are actually allowed to write about elected officials (and others) without their permission. It’s an avantgarde experiment, to be sure, but we’ve had some success with it.”

Volohk includes in his commentary a screenshot of the Facebook posts in which Delauter threatens to sue the Frederick News-Post for actually using the First Amendment to write about him.

Delauter is now the subject of the News-Post‘s upcoming Sunday editorial, that the newspaper has already posted online. Titled “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter“, the editorial skewers the action of “He Who Shall Not be Named”.

Well, he shall be named because Kirby Delauter is an elected public official … hopefully not for long.

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  • JWH

    In a way, Kirby Delauter is a positive influence. He inspired the conservative Internet and the liberal Internet to come together in bipartisan harmony.

    • He seems like a whatamoran to me.

      • Reminds me quite a bit of our own leftard contingent…

        • JWH

          According to coverage, he was elected as a Republican. Though he mostly reminds me of a particularly odious species of small-time local politician.

          • The articles I read made no mention of party affiliation, which is a 90+% indicator that the party not identified is the party of jackasses.

          • JWH

            Maryland state legislator Kirby Delauter (R) sounds like an idiot, which isn’t all that surprising for a state legislator of any party in any state.

            Source: Reason: Hit & Run

            Mr. Delauter wrote in a Facebook post Saturday that he planned to sue The Frederick News-Post if his name or any reference to him appeared in print without his permission, the newspaper said. He was apparently upset at the paper’s use of his name in a Jan. 3 article about his and Councilman Billy Shreve’s concerns over lack of reserved parking spaces for council members.

            “So let me be clear… do not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an unauthorized form in the future,” the Republican reportedly wrote.

            Source: Washington Times

            Kirby Delauter might need to rethink his strategy for keeping his name out of print.

            The Frederick County, Maryland, councilman’s name was published Tuesday in newspapers, websites, news and opinion blogs and seemingly every corner of the Internet after he threatened to sue his local newspaper if it dared to publish his name without his permission.

            “Use my name again unauthorized and you’ll be paying for an attorney,” the Republican official told a Frederick News-Post reporter in a Facebook post.

            Source: Boston Herald

            In a move that by Tuesday was earning him nationwide ridicule, Republican Councilman Kirby Delauter told Frederick News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers that she should be ashamed for “an unauthorized use of my name.”

            Source: Baltimore Sun

          • JWH

            Delauter is also listed as a Republican on the Frederick County Board of Elections Web site:


          • Well then, at least it seems likely that his next election campaign will be troublesome for him.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Given the curriculum of high schools and colleges today, this isn’t surprising. He’s a complete dumbass, but with extremely high self-esteem.

  • Vagabond661

    First Amendment, Second Amendment…it’s all the same, isn’t it?

  • jim_m

    Next governor of Maryland…

  • GarandFan

    Just another of the ‘ruling elite’.

  • Vagabond661

    until he becomes the Councilman formerly Known as Kirby.

    • jim_m

      I liked the News-Post’s formulation of “He who shall not be named”.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    EDIT [oops wrong thread]