There will be no shortage of commentary today about some yokel councilman from Frederick County, Maryland. Already, the witticisms are flowing, like “he who must not be named,” and Powerline has already created an award in his name to go with the Green Weenie award.
Yup. This would be Kirby Delauter, whose official bio is endearingly small town:
Council Member – District 5
Kirby Delauter is the son of Russell and Marlene Delauter. He resides in Thurmont, Maryland, with his wife Tina. They have four children: Maureen, a graduate of High Point University in Highpoint, NC, lives in Thurmont with her husband Blaine Schildt; William, a graduate of Virginia Tech; Emily, a student at Salisbury University in the nursing program, and Sam a student at Catoctin High School.
Kirby was raised in Frederick County, graduated from Catoctin High School and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked within the construction industry and in 1993, purchased the family business W.F. Delauter and Son, Inc. The business was started in 1955 by Kirby’s grandfather, Willie F. Delauter, and his father Russell Delauter. The business continues to operate today doing projects in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Kirby also has served on the Thurmont Police Commission and as Chairman of the Thurmont Board of Appeals.
He’s no doubt proud of himself, his family, his business. So sweet. But why, then, a post about Kirby? Because Kirby, who is entrusted in his position to vote on local laws for Frederick County, did this:
And regardless of anything else Marlene’s boy did or does, this you can’t do. Even Eugene Volokh, who is not inclined toward snark (unlike others who shall remain nameless), lost it this time:
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.
There really isn’t much to add to such a facially laughable assertion as this, but I felt I would be remiss not to join in the Streisand-ing of Kirby Delauter (whose name is used here without permission) because this is a guy who is allowed to have a say in matters that impact on other people’s lives. And he’s a monumental dumbass.
The only question now is whether he’s got the guts to admit the abject stupidity of his threat, apologize and own his stupid. Tough guys like Kirby usually can’t.
Update: Lest anyone get the impression that Kirby Delauter is special or unique in Frederick County, the News-Post sought comment on Kirby’s stance:
Shreve, R-at large, told The News-Post in a phone interview he supported Delauter taking legal actions.
“I did not see his post, but I think The News-Post is extremely biased and someone should sue them,” Shreve said.
When asked if news media outlets should obtain permission to publish an elected official’s name or reference, Shreve said, “I think media outlets are cowards and they hide behind the label of journalists and that’s a bully pulpit to expand their liberal (agenda).”
That would be Billy Shreve, Frederick County’s commission at large and intellectual inspiration for children everywhere.
Update 2: The News-Post has published its Sunday editorial a bit early, entitled “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter,” and it’s brilliant. How brilliant? Read the first letter of each paragraph. That brilliant.
Update 3: Okay, the party’s over. Kirby Delauter has conceded the error of his ways and apologized.
In addition, County Council Member Kirby Delauter, District 5, issued the following statement:
“The first amendment is alive and well in Frederick County. As a public figure working to maintain and improve the county, it can be very frustrating to feel misrepresented or misinterpreted by a local media outlet.
“Over my career I have fired off my fair share of angry e-mails, which in hindsight I wish I hadn’t. I can’t think of one that had a positive effect. Usually, they only served to escalate the conflict. I thought I had long ago learned the lesson of waiting 24 hours before I hit the send key, but apparently I didn’t learn that lesson as well as I should have.
“Of course, as I am an elected official, the Frederick News-Post has the right to use my name in any article related to the running of the county — that comes with the job. So yes, my statement to the Frederick News-Post regarding the use of my name was wrong and inappropriate. I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.
When Kirby met Barbra. Lesson learned.