Read and rub your eyes in disbelief: an elected member of the Frederick County Council (Kirby Delauter) has a Facebook exchange with a reporter for the local Frederick News-Post (Bethany Rodgers) in which he presumes to instruct her not to “use my name or reference me in an unauthorized form in the future.” After some intervening comments, omitted in the screencap below, Delauter tells Rodgers: “Use my name again unauthorized and you’ll be paying for an Attorney. Your rights stop where mine start.”
This is crazy on so many levels one scarcely knows where to begin. There is no right not to be written about or have your name used by a reporter, much less if you are an elected public official representing thousands of voters. Worse yet is telling someone she’ll be paying a lawyer if she doesn’t shut up in the demanded way.
P.S. Screenshot taken (with intervening comments omitted) by local political figure Kai Hagen; Delauter tagged Rodgers in the post, which made it visible to those who are friends with her. More: Eugene Volokh, Twitchy, Steve Hayward/Power Line, Baltimore City Paper, Rob Beschizza/BoingBoing. Also, thank you @Popehat:
Update Jan. 7: Delauter has now apologized.