Kirby Delauter, the Frederick County, Md., council member who threatened to sue a local newspaper reporter for using his name in a story without permission, has apologized.

As we reported Tuesday, Delauter was mentioned exactly once in an article about local parking issues by Bethany Rodgers, a reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He did not like that his name was used at all and threatened to sue her in a Facebook post. The newspaper, in a tongue-in-cheek editorial titled "Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter," had a field day with its response on Tuesday. The editorial, predictably, went viral on social media.

Today, Delauter apologized in a statement, published by the News-Post.

"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," he said. "So yes, my statement to the Frederick News-Post regarding the use of my name was wrong and inappropriate. I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong."

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