Eat At Randazzo’s. Beware Randazza The City Attorney of Surfside, Florida is very angry at bloggers. Lynn Dannheisser says the bloggers are evil, lying scum, and have tarnished her reputation. The target of her vitriol is a blog called Save Surfside, local citizens who aren’t any more thrilled with Dannheisser than she is of them. Of course, since Dannheisser is paid about $170,000 of public monies for her efforts (not including what’s paid to her boyfriend, who she hired as outside counsel to Surfside), the situations aren’t quite the same. Another difference could have something to do with the threat by Surfside officials to call in the state’s attorney’s office to identify and prosecute the evil citizens who challenge important public officials. Via the Miami New Times : In July 2010, town commissioner Edward Kopelman threatened to have the State Attorney’s Office investigate “the true identities and true authors” behind the blog and its local counterpart, Who Controls Surfside?, both of which have been critical of town government. So Save Surfside retained a law firm to write a letter to Kopelman, demanding that he cease his “bullying” tactics. You have to give the locals some credit for not playing cut and run when threatened. You have to give them even more credit when you learn which law firm they turned to. The name of the law firm is the Randazza Legal Group. Which apparently thoroughly confused Dannheisser. Randazza . . . Randazza . . . the names sounds familiar to me too. So Dannhaisser did the lawyerly thing and wrote a letter, which began: [F]irst things first, This is the first I have heard about your firm. I was wondering if your law firm has any affiliation with the Randazzo’s Restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida. It is an excellent restaurant and I wanted you to know what great food and what a great reputation the restaurant has in the community. Clearly, there was a vowel issue at the end of the name Randazza/o, but that happens a lot with this swarthy Mediterranean-type names. Not that anybody with the name Dannheisser is someone to ignore the proper spelling of a name, even if she has an affinity for Italian food and compulsion to seize the opportunity to express her foodie feelings.Yet, spelling issues aside, as well as her lack of familiarity with such an ethnic sounding name, it still struck me as awfully familiar.Could she be talking about Marc John Randazza, the Legal Satyricon? The guy who took down Glen Beck? My old pal Marco?Why yes she is.The Randazza law firm’s Jason Fischer responded to Dannheisser’s letter: As a final point, we are obviously not affiliated in any way with Randazzo’s Little Italy restaurant in Coral Gables. Though we are well acquainted with that establishment’s quality cuisine. We presume that you were simply trying to make some kind of joke – one which nobody found particularly amusing, but one which was quite illustrative of the clear failure on your part to appreciate the seriousness of the charges that are being leveled against your employer. We trust that, should you continue to advise Town Commission on matters of constitutional compliance, you will crack fewer jokes and more volumes of case law. While I’ve no doubt that Lynn Dannheisser is a brilliant lawyer, which is how she secured the position as the very important attorney for Surfside, Florida, and can hold her own on any variety of issues that a practitioner of municipal law might face, she really might want to be a bit more circumspect of ridiculing one of the foremost lawyers on internet first amendment cases in the nation. It’s possible he knows a bit more in his little niche, and probably prefers not to have whiny Dannheisser make fun of him for having a name similar to an Italian restaurant.Lest anyone be unclear, my general rule of thumb on interent first amendment issues is whoever retains Randazza wins. And if he’s lucky, gets an awfully fine meal out of the deal.