On the latest episode of Frederick Uncut, Kirby Delauter (R), a county executive candidate, discusses his vision for Frederick County and opens up about how politics has changed him.

Delauter, a county councilman and former commissioner, said being in the public eye — and perhaps age — has taught him to be more patient.

He referenced unflattering coverage such as the 2015 #KirbyDelauter controversy in which he took to Facebook to threaten a Frederick News-Post reporter with legal action if she used his name without permission. The story gained national traction and generated mocking memes on social media.

Experiences like that, Delauter said, taught him to think a little longer before responding and to consider whether the action would be something he’d want his family to read about in the media.

In the conversation recorded last week, Delauter also addressed hiring Cameron Harris as his campaign manager. Harris lost his job as a legislative aide to Delegate David E. Vogt III (R) after The New York Times published an interview with Harris about how he profited from creating a fake news website during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Delauter said that he had discussed the situation with Harris and decided he deserved a second chance.

“He’s very good at what he does,” Delauter said.

Delauter’s top priorities for the county, he said, are building schools, moving forward with a proposed senior tax credit and supporting the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in its 287(g) program, an agreement to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The county’s agreement allows deputies to screen for immigration status at the jail, flag outstanding immigration warrants and hold detainees for ICE. When asked if he would support immigration checks on the streets or employer raids, Delauter said he would not.

He said he saw spending as the biggest issue facing the county. The proposed fiscal 2019 budget is over $608 million, nearly $73 million more than fiscal 2016, county records show. That growth is about a 14 percent increase since the county transitioned to a charter government.

“I just don’t think you can sustain that,” Delauter said.

Delauter gained some practice with the budget by drafting his own each year. He said he presented his own budget because he owed it to voters “to not just rubber-stamp the budget.”

As a fun bonus, tune in to find out Delauter’s favorite flavor of ice cream.

Follow Kelsi Loos on Twitter: @KelsiLoos.

(14) comments

Quisling

Politics has taught him to be even more self serving, to govern for a select few and to ridicule anyone who doesn't agree with him. I hope the voters bounce him back to the private sector so he can continue to be a big joke who runs a successful business that employs dozens of county residents.

CRSmith88

Why would anyone care what his favorite ice cream flavor is? I'm going to assume it's "Hand in the Cookie Jar", "Political Rocky Road" or "Vanilla Only".

BstD59

Kirby needs to recognize and accept the fact that many in Frederick County are fed up with him. He is attached at the hip to Billy Shreve and badly tainted by his association with Blaine Young. That fact alone will keep him from winning the election. Now add the fact that there is a highly competent, highly qualified, and well liked incumbent who is also running, does he really think he can beat her? Really? Sorry, Kirby 'don't say my name' Delauter, but you don't stand a snowball's chance......

Samanthapowers

he'd make person of the year in Punchable Face magazine.

matts853

I didn't know 'steaming brownie' was an ice cream flavor.

KellyAlzan

His Facebook posts crack me up he thinks he’s winning. And his FB 27 loyalists

DickD

The Blaine gang cost Frederick County very much, now Kirby is going to save us money? Kirby is a joke.

BigAl

A joke who runs a successful business. That employees dozens of county residents. Disagree with is positions but stop the name calling.

matts853

We will...when he does.

matts853

No, a joke who who claims to 'govern like a taxpayer' who's delinquent on business taxes to the tune of $17k.

Delauter and his supporters are self unaware, they love to dish out, but can't take it in return. Sorry, but you don't get play the victim card for him.

KellyAlzan

What name are u using on case search to see the lien?

KellyAlzan

still not finding anything filed at the courthouse in Maryland on deliniquent taxes.

KellyAlzan

Well, nothing on W.F. Deluater & Son. And no tax liens attached to his personal name. Are they under another business entity? Hello? Hello? Is this microphone on??

Nicki

Kelly - look for Athdel, LLC

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