A councilman in Frederick County, Maryland has threatened legal action against a local newspaper for including his name in an article.
Councilman Kirby Delauter complained in a Facebook post Saturday that a reporter for the Frederick News-Post used his name in an “unauthorized form” in a story about councilmen’s parking spaces.
“Do not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an unauthorized form in the future,” Delauter wrote on Facebook, according to the Frederick News-Post.
A reporter for the newspaper, Bethany Rodgers, shot back at Delauter on Facebook, pointing out that she didn’t need to get authorization to include a person’s name in a story. “It is not just our right but our responsibility to report on people like you, who occupy positions of trust in our government, and I make no apologies for doing that,” Rodgers wrote.
Still, Delauter said Rodgers would be “paying for an Attorney” if she tried to use his name again in an unauthorized way. No word yet on whether the councilman has followed through on his threat.