Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter (R) said Thursday that his Facebook comments this week had been blown out of proportion — and that he could have been more clear in what he was trying to say.

After racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend and subsequent calls to remove monuments with racial overtones, Delauter, a candidate for county executive, posted this message on Tuesday: “Growing up I never really understood how Americans could fight each other in a civil war…….. I’m starting to understand how that happened…….and how close we are to repeating history.”

In the comments below, he added: “And it wasn’t about race then and it’s not about race now. It’s always been about true freedom.”

While the post generated attention online — including blog sites Seventh State and Red Maryland — Delauter said moral outrage wasn’t necessary.

“It was a random thought. I didn’t think it was going to get blown out of proportion like it is,” Delauter said. “When I was younger, I just didn’t understand what could be so wrong that a country could fight among themselves. Seeing what goes on in this crazy world today, I think I can see how that could happen. I’m not saying I want it to happen. I’m not saying it’s gonna happen. I can see how it can happen.”

Delauter said he does believe that the primary issue driving the Civil War was states’ rights.

“The slavery was obviously part of that, but I think the crux of it was states’ rights, the South wanting to secede,” he said.

He said he thinks the primary issues of today are not based in race, but in politics.

“I don’t think the crux of our problem of what is going on is race. I think it’s a deeper problem of division from the right and the left,” Delauter said. “... The left is trying to shove everything down everyone’s throat, removing statues. Everything they want, they gotta get or they riot, they burn things down, they destroy property.”

When asked, Delauter said he “absolutely” agreed that men wielding torches and marching through the University of Virginia campus was also a hateful act.

“I don’t condone any of it. One side’s as bad as the other. We should all get together with the one common goal to make this country great,” he said.

Asked whether President Donald Trump could have done more to heal the country, Delauter responded:

“I’m not in his shoes, so I don’t want to speak to what he should or shouldn’t be doing.”

Miller on Taney

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) — who didn’t participate in an email vote by the Maryland State House Trust to remove a statue of Roger Brooke Taney — wrote a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday, saying “it is insulting to our citizens for the State House Trust to vote on such a matter outside of the public eye.”

On Wednesday, three members of the four-person State House Trust voted in favor of the removal from the State House lawn: House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D), Maryland Historical Trust board Chairman Charles Edson, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R), who represents the governor on the panel.

Even on Thursday, Miller had not cast a vote in any way on the proposal to remove the statue of Taney — who started his legal career in Frederick before ascending to the Supreme Court — and is most widely known for issuing the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford on March 6, 1857. The opinion concluded that black people were not U.S. citizens and therefore Scott had no right to sue for his freedom. The opinion also said that Congress could not outlaw slavery in the territories, and inflamed sentiments in the lead-up to the Civil War.

But Miller’s letter notes that Taney also freed his slaves early in life and in his earlier legal career had a reputation for his willingness to argue cases for the benefit of slaves and free black Americans. The senate president also discussed the General Assembly’s earlier decision to erect a larger monument to Justice Thurgood Marshall — also a Maryland native and the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court — at the State House’s current entrance.

Miller wrote that the trust should have held a public meeting with discussion by all members — similar to the way legislation is passed in the General Assembly. Any urgency could have been addressed by calling an emergency meeting of the board, Miller wrote.

“A full discussion of each of our reasons for supporting either removal or retention of the statue as well as the complex history of this man and our State would only have added to the public conversation and understanding,” Miller wrote. “Voting on this matter by email was just plain wrong.”

Deschenaux to go

A familiar face in Annapolis won’t be around for the 2018 General Assembly session.

This week, Warren Deschenaux, executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, announced his retirement effective Dec. 1.

The Department of Legislative Services assists lawmakers in drafting bills and provides fiscal and policy analyses on pending legislation, including extensive reports on the state’s budget.

The General Assembly will perform a national search to replace Deschenaux.

A bipartisan General Assembly committee will oversee the interview process for Deschenaux’s replacement and will recommend candidates to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D).

“There is no person in the State that knows more about Maryland’s budget or budget process than Mr. Deschenaux,” Busch said. “He has been a trusted adviser to Democratic and Republican legislators alike.”

Miller said that Deschenaux “embodied the spirit of the Department by providing fair and honest analysis, guidance, and leadership for the state. His wise counsel, wit, and keen budget mind will be sorely missed by the entire legislature.”

The presiding officers said they will have a new executive director in place by the start of the 2018 legislative session.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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riccicc

This is what liberal socialist do. If you don't say or give them the answers they want, then they'll just make up their own answers as what you said and publish that.

threecents

Help me out, which are the bad guys? The KKK and a bunch like-minded white supremacy groups that gathered in Charlottesville, or the people who protested against them? If that is a tough question? Some anti-Trump groups have misbehaved since Trump's win, for sure, but there is American History here. For Steven King fans, let me put it this way: one side is in Charlottsville was like Mr. Mercedes and the other was like Officer Hodges.

CDReid

"Some anti-Trump groups have misbehaved since Trump's win" HAH, if that isn't the understatement of the year!!!

valerie_dale

A screen shot of the Facebook exchanges might have been helpful to this article. You can find them here on Local Yokel's blog, along with some great writing and good sense of humor! https://fredericklocalyokel.com/2017/08/18/buckle-up-buttercup-kirbys-going-to-take-us-on-a-bumpy-ride/

Moon otter

All I graduated from Catoctin HS so don't pick on the institution of learning. I went on to Frostburg SC via Garrett CC in degree of Wildlife Fisheries Mgmt and a Biology degree. I give thanks to all my teachers ar Catoctin HS from the late 70s.

jcramer

The Civil War was about slavery and white supremacy. It was not about state's rights. To ignore this fundamental fact is at best extreme ignorance of the subject, or at worst, exposing one's racist and white supremacist thoughts.

Below are some sources on the matter-

"Our new government is founded... its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth." - Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens

Source: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/cornerstone-speech/

And no, it was not about states rights. Had it been, why, in the Articles of Secession, is the refusal of northern states to enforce a federal law, the Fugitive lave Act, a "justification" for secession?

"an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution."

Source: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_scarsec.asp

Kirby Delauter has exposed his profound ignorance of our nation's history in order to defend what I can only surmise may be his support for white supremacist ideology. I hope I am mistaken and that he is just clueless about our nation's past. But I think his views on race must certainly be called into question at this time.

riccicc

Ha! I read your source. First of all, the paragraph you referenced is all the way down to the 10th paragraph of the speech. Second, this is just the opinion of the speaker and doesn't in any way speak for the entire confederacy. And most of all, the other references were stated but were not the main reasons for the civil war. It's main reason was states' rights. These particular issues you point out are just a few among many reasons for the civil war but not the main reasons for it throughout the entire confederacy.

jezzabel

If you are in a street mob beating someone with a stick, you are not one of the good guys no matter what excuse you use to justify your actions.

jcramer

So US veterans fighting the Nazis in WWII were also bad guys? Way to support our troops.

Nicki

KD shows his ignorance when he says "One side’s as bad as the other".

chesapeakecountry

True. The liberals are much more violent.

Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent].

stjohn42

And the number of fatalities from all those pales compared to the Oklahoma City bombing, the shootings in SC, and a hundred years of lynchings across the South. The liberal kids might make a mess, but the nazi/klan/nutjob factions are killers. If you are going to collect data, you should collect all the data.

phydeaux994

Thank goodness I'm a registered Republican!.

KellyAlzan

people don't care, I mean look who's our POTUS, look who's our county sheriff....

Kelly Q. Alzan

Frederickmom2

I think I'm going to have to be on the side of the folks that were AGAINST the Nazi's. If only they would've stayed home none of this would've happened?? Ask WWII Germans how that worked out... you know not standing up against the Nazi's.

FrederickFan

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chesapeakecountry

Yes, We are being overran by Nazis aren't we? One idiot shows up with a Nazi flag and all of a sudden EVERYBODY is a Nazi.

riccicc

Yeah but the thing is BOTH sides have nazi tendencies. The liberals want to curb free speech if it doesn't agree with their narrative (especially, on college campuses). So did the german nazis. The liberals have their media select only the news they want and spin the story in the direction they want. So did the german nazis with Die Deutsche Wochenschau newsreels and Völkischer Beobachter german newspaper (Hitler's favorite). So which one were the nazis? Only the ones with nazi paraphernalia or the ones with the nazi ideology mindset minus the nazi paraphernalia? Inquiring minds want to know.

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besmartten

yeah sure, not racial. Civil war was about freedom not race says Kirby. Except facts are************** And gee I have been in Frederick since 1970. Not born here but think of myself as a native. You left I didn't, just saying.

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matts853

Perhaps you should have voted for true conservatives instead of the corrupt "good 'ole boys" Young and Shrelauter that actually ruined the county in their lust for money and power. The blame is squarely with you and them. [lol]

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Kivry realizes that without cost effective minority labor conservative like him couldn't live a liberal economic lifestyle.

stjohn42

[thumbup]

besmartten

As he seems to support Justice Taney, I wonder if the councilman has ever read the Dred Scott ruling. Read it and tell me the war was not about the "states right" to own a human.

chesapeakecountry

Taney didn't make this ruling by himself. It was a 7-2 decision by the Supreme Court. Shall we toss out all mention and bust of the other 6 Justices as well? If so what about Jefferson. Washington, Madison, Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Jay and others who were slave owners? Are they not as guilty as any other in this current slavery outrage? I hear they are next in line to be purged by the leftists. After all once we can discredit them we can toss out the documents they wrote as well (the true end goal). Let's face it. Not a single person alive today was ever a slave or a slave holder. The current fake fury over a 150 year old issue is nothing but a catalyst designed to derail and divide this country. Anyone who participates in this sham is either ignorant to the true end goals desired by the master manipulators or a supporter of anarchy.

public-redux

Are there busts and/or statues of the other six? Just curious.

Santana

Washington, Madison, Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Jay, and others did not fight to keep the institution of slavery alive, so no, they're not just as guilty.

Santana

Washington, Madison, Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Jay etc., while owning slaves, did not wage war for the purposes of defending the institution of slavery. That's the difference.

Dwasserba

...because "no comment" is too hard to remember

Nuklearweasel

Kirby still doesn't get it. Civil War history or the division facing our country or the reasons for removing statues that venerate traitors in public spaces. People on the left weren't "destroying property" or running people over at Charlottesville. This guy is really a 'special' kind of stupid.

public-redux

It is truly despicable the way Delauter calls Confederates liars ("...it wasn’t about race then...)

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bicep42

The rogue apostrophe favored by so many TEALOADERS makes another appearance 😂😂.

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Samanthapowers

don't let the door hit you on the way out. adios, amigo!

Tigerzord

Poor Kirby, he get's picked on so much, lol

richardlyons

Kirby's mantra: Ready, Fire, Aim!

shiftless88

Sure it was about states rights, the right to own slaves. Period. Read the secession statements. They weren't talking about the right to smoke pot or right to die, they were talking about the ability to legally own humans as pieces of property to whom you could do whatever you wished including beating, killing, degrading, working, rape, separate their families and sell off their kids. That's it. Nothing else. And you think that wasn't about race? I mean, it's not like there were a lot of white slaves, right?

DickD

Right on all counts, shiftless, but they did have white indentured servants that were not much better than slaves.

Moon otter

Indentured meant you didn't have money to come here so you sold yourself where as the African American slaves sorry no choice.

jswalker1963

Shiftless amazing how that fact is overlooked isn't it? Research isn't hard people. Georgia's secession statement begins with the following: "The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery." Mississippi: "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun." South Carolina "The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue. " Texas : "She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits-- a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time." Virginia: "the Federal Government having perverted said powers not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of the Southern slave-holding States:" If it wasn't about slavery, why did so many states explicitly mention it in their secession documents?

jhickeyiii

Thank you for this! Read this Kirby Delauter. Please read this.

chesapeakecountry

If the North was fighting for the freedom of slaves then why did they themselves keep slaves during the war? Why did Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation free only the southern slaves and none who lived in say Maryland? Why did Lincoln say? ""I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861."
What exactly did Lincoln mean when he said:
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858

If you had be taught properly about the Civil War you would know it was started over taxes and the individual states rights to control their own destiny (succeed). Slavery was later brought into the forefront by Lincoln to garner more support for the Northern cause.

DickD

Lincoln said most of this because he did not want to alienate any state. It was not about taxes, never was.

Santana

Then why do the vast majority of the founding documents of confederate states cite slavery as a central issue to their choice to secede?

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shiftless88

Except the bit where he said it wasn't about race and it isn't about race.

phydeaux994

Read "Battle Cry of Freedom" The Civil War Era by James McPherson, said to be the best book about the Civil War in one Volume. The Civil War was about slavery. Who would control the growing Nation, whether the new States would be slave States or free. A good read, goes into the politics of the times and the deep division of the Country.

ogilvieboy

Barely made it through Catoctin University
Not exactly a History Channel consultant !!!!

Moon otter

Apparently he slept through high school. Delauter please think before speaking or writing otherwise you are making a total fool of yourself.

Fawned

Kirby Delauter? Stupid? Surely you jest.

DickD

Fawn, you think it would be more descriptive to simply call him a moron, because stupid is simply to good? Nah, stupid is best.

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-difference-between-a-moron-imbecile-and-idiot.htm
Those with an IQ of 0 to 25 (an IQ of 100 is average) were called idiots, 26 to 50 were called imbeciles and 51 to 70 were called morons. Morons could communicate and learn common tasks; imbeciles stalled mentally at about six years old; and idiots couldn't respond to stimulus or communicate with any level of competency.

matts853

Deep thoughts by Kirby Deluded: "When I was younger, I just didn’t understand what could be so wrong that a country could fight among themselves"

More proof of Kirby's innate mental deficit.

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Fawned

Aw, so sad to see you go. It sucks that you are such a triggered snowflake and couldn't handle living in Frederick. I hope whatever bubble/echo chamber you have moved to is safe and comfy. [lol]

stjohn42

Kirby Delauter is a good ole boy who thinks his knucklehead agenda is the wave of the future due to the knucklehead who got elected president.

armillary

Kirby's comment was not meant to rile
civil war's just a matter of style
and to those who make sense
of his equivolence
he offers a hearty sieg heil.

FrederickFan

One of your best.

stjohn42

[thumbup]

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CDReid

HERE, HERE!!!!!!! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

CDReid

So, the statue of Roger Brooke Taney is removed because of racial undertones and they want to replace it with one of Thurgood Marshall for the same reason. Typical left hypocrisy.

Fawned

Typical CDReid idiocy, comparing Taney and Thurgood Marshall. [yawn]

Samanthapowers

he's like little kirby. just can't help himself.

Samanthapowers

like most of your 'comments', that made no sense. not surprising.

CDReid

“... The left is trying to shove everything down everyone’s throat, removing statues. Everything they want, they gotta get or they riot, they burn things down, they destroy property.” I don't particularly care for the man, but he sure hit the nail on the head with this statement, and everyone knows it whether the left wants to admit it or not. Anything they don't like they try to change by acting like a bunch of destructive children having major temper tantrums. I call it "blackmail; "We want our way or we're going to destroy!!!"

stjohn42

As opposed to the "blood in the streets" rhetoric of the campaign by the Trump supporters? If Thurgood's statue was coming down and Taney's was going up, you would be dancing a jig in the streets. As a democracy, our society will occasionally make decisions you do not like. This does not mean it is a dictatorship forcing an agenda down your throat.

CDReid

"blood in the streets" rhetoric is not rioting, actions speak louder than words.

stjohn42

Like when someone drives a car into a crowd? Or blows up a federal Building in Oklahoma? Give me a break.

riccicc

"As a democracy, our society will occasionally make decisions you do not like." What do you mean "occasionally?" It's a lot more than occasionally with all the crying and whining from the liberals who threaten to riot when they don't get their way.

shiftless88

Should we point out that this incident was triggered by the RIGHT WING rioting and marching to get what they want?

CDReid

The "right wing" was NOT rioting, they were voicing their opinions (which, contrary to what you people may think, I do NOT agree with.) The trouble only started when the counter protesters got involved. As I stated before, none of this violence would have occurred if the counter protesters had done their protesting elsewhere. But no, they decided to confront the right wing protesters and look what happened.

FrederickFan

So what you are saying is that they were practically begging to have a murderer drive his car directly into them, killing a young mother and critically injuring many others.

Please take your ignorant, self-centered filth elsewhere. No one wants to read your disgusting comments.

public-redux

FF ~ I like reading CD's comments.

Samanthapowers

cd - thanks for your efforts in having these statues removed. after all, with out the 'right' throwing these temper tantrums, the left would have no reason to remove them (yet).

CDReid

I haven't seen any right throwing temper tantrums (how original of you Samantha,) and this whole conversation is not just on the current statue removal issue. Kirby's point, which is spot on, is that ANYTIME the left doesn't get what they want, they go out to riot and destroy. You know it and I know it, the difference between us is that you simply aren't mature enough to admit it.

phydeaux994

CDReid, a Legend in his own mind.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

I live in Delauter's district and I can atest the government has spent millions of your tax dollars to protect minorities families from people with similiar ideology.

stjohn42

[thumbup]

DickD

Kirby sounds an awful lot like Donald Trump and he will not even admit Trump was wrong, what does that tell you? Yes, the South called it States Rights, but anyone that thinks it was anything but slavery really doesn't understand history. Obviously, Kirby doesn't.

BstD59

Kirby has always been delusional and obviously he hasn't gotten any better. He has no leadership qualifications whatsoever. He can run for County Executive but I hope he is prepared to lose to Jan Gardner by even more than Blaine Young did.

stjohn42

[thumbup]

sofanna

Kirby Delauter (and gang) are not fit or qualified to hold official offices in Frederick City or County. If Delauter gets the position of County Executive, you can be certain that his buddies, Shreve and Young will be calling the shots behind him.
What a pathetic condition they left our County in! Unfortunately, because of their greed, the Citizens of Frederick County will suffer for a very long time.

eleanormp

Delauter is despicable. "One side is as bad as the other". Really??? Did the counter protesters kill someone? Were they photographed carrying torches and automatic weapons? Nope. Nope. Nope.

disneynut

[thumbup]

Jleftwich

Just when you thought his threat to sue a reporter over the use of his name couldn't be topped, Delauter outdoes himself.

Does he even hear the words he is saying?! Not that he had much chance to begin with, but he just lost the county exec race with this garbage.

DickD

Jl, hate to disagree with you, but you can't lose what you were never going to win.
[smile]

Jleftwich

[beam]
Haha! I will happily acquiesce. I like your statement better anyhow.

stjohn42

[thumbup]

KellyAlzan

people don't care, I mean look who's our POTUS, look who's our county sheriff....

sofanna

People do care. Speak for yourself.

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