Kirby Delauter, Sherbert Deluder

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I'm a little late to this party, but I didn't want to pass up a chance to mention Kirby Delauter, the county councilman who threatened to sue the Frederick News-Post if it used his name without his permission. It not only proceeded to do exactly that, it created this hilarious editorial that made a point about journalism and freedom of speech while also referring to Kirby Delauter by name and in other ways about 100 times:

Attorneys would be called, Kirby Delauter said.

In fact, we spent quite some time laughing about it. Kirby Delauter, an elected official; Kirby Delauter, a public figure? Surely, Kirby Delauter can't be serious? Kirby Delauter’s making a joke, right?

Round about then, we wondered, if it’s not a joke, how should we now refer to Kirby Delauter if we can't use his name (Kirby Delauter)? …  Maybe we should just put his initials, "KD," with an asterisk to a footnote (KD*), or refer to him as GLAT, the acronym for his campaign: "Govern Like A Taxpayer." We could even make it sound a little hip-hop with a well-placed hyphen: G-Lat….

[W]e could take the low road down even further and childishly mangle "Kirby Delauter" into references you, the reader, would still understand. "Sherbert Deluder," say. Or "Derby Kelauter." 

The whole thing is great but I laughed out loud at the childish manglement, "Sherbert Deluder." Personally, I think they should use that one from now on, or maybe the opposition can use it in the next election.

To be fair, Sherbert Deluder has since apologized for the comment, recognizing that the press has the right to use his name "in any article related to the running of the county [slight reservation of rights there] …. So yes, my statement to the Frederick News-Post regarding the use of my name was wrong and inappropriate." "I was wrong to make the statement" would be a little more direct, but fair enough.

Note: Yes, the first letters of each paragraph in the editorial do spell something. Can you guess what they spell? Hint: two words, sounds like "Sherbert Deluder."