Maryland politician apologizes over threat to sue local paper

From Reuters - January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON Jan 8 A Maryland politician who said he would sue a newspaper if it printed his name, Kirby Delauter, has apologized after his threat garnered national attention, the targeted newspaper reported on Thursday.

Delauter, a Republican member of the Frederick County Council, on Saturday said in a Facebook posting that he would sue the Frederick News-Post if it used his name without permission.

"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," Delauter wrote in a statement carried in an online News-Post story.

"So yes, my statement to the Frederick News-Post regarding the use of my name was wrong and inappropriate."

Delauter, a second-term member of the county council, was angered by a story about a flap over the council's parking spaces and office keys.


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