Perhaps you’ve heard of Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter. For the last couple days, his name has been all over Twitter and the news media from Maryland to Australia for threatening legal action against a reporter from the Frederick News-Post for the unauthorized “use of [his] name or reference” in an article about parking issues. Delauter apologized for those universally mocked comments Wednesday.
“Over my career I have fired off my fair share of angry e-mails,” Delauter (That’s Kirby Delauter we’re talking about) writes, “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.”
Here’s a screen capture of his Facebook apology, which apologizes more specifically to Bethany Rodgers, the journalist whom he threatened, via the Frederick News-Post:
If you’re just catching up with this story and are wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s Washington Post coverage that includes a screen capture of the original — incredible — Facebook comments, here’s the Frederick News-Post‘s sarcastic response, and here’s a parody Twitter account.
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