Politician who became national joke apologizes

Kirby Delauter, the Maryland politician who became a national joke earlier this week when he insisted that a local newspaper not use his name without authorization, has more than redeemed himself.

“Use my name again unauthorized and you’ll be paying for an attorney,” Delauter wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday. “Your rights stop where mine start.”

But just three days later, Delauter did something politicians seem reluctant to do. He apologized without blaming someone else and without watering it down.


“We’re glad he finally saw the light,” Terry Headlee, The Frederick News-Post’s managing editor, said. “Based on the reader reaction we have received, this was not going to end well for him. And if nothing else it’s a good lesson to wait a day before hitting the send key on an angry email or posting. That’s something that a lot of people, including myself, can relate to.”

  • Chris

    This can go right next to Jack Whitley and Jay Kolls as a case study of how the double down strategy isn’t your only option.

  • jon

    This is how some one moves from being a candidate for a count councilmen position to being a candidate congress. Name recognition like crazy, but in a year no one will remember why they know his name… And even if some one brings up his outburst, he has a solid apology to point to and say “I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong, and that is the kind of person we need in Washington!”

    Well played Kirby.