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October 08, 2008

Satirist Christopher Buckley isn't laughing his way down to Miami

Arar01_buckley_2 Political satirist Christopher Buckley, son of the late William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of the National Review, isn't exactly laughing these days, due to an ongoing and scandalous child support saga taking place between him and his former Random House publicist, Miami resident Irina Woelfle. The Washington, D.C. author of Thank You For Smoking among other titles, is the father of Woelfle's 8-year-old son, Jonathan. Buckley was married when he impregnated Woelfle. Five years ago, Buckley owned up to things and agreed to pay $3,000 a month in child support, but refusing any contact with his son. When Woelfle determined that she needed additional support from Buckley because Jonathan--a special needs child--requires a private school education with small class sizes and individualized attention--she filed a lawsuit requesting additional support. We contacted Woelfle's co-counsel, Alfonso J. Perez of the politically connected Coral Gables law firm of Rasco Reininger Perez Esquenazi & Vigil.  While Perez was unavailable, firm partner Mac Phillips told us that Woelfle and her attorneys have no comment. Despite Buckley's jurisdictional protests, the high profile case is  pending in Miami under the gavel of Judge Leon Firtel. According to sources, Buckley, who has been described as being "Very maniacal about his image," filed a Motion to Dismiss in an effort to kick the case out of the Miami court. However, we're sure Buckley won't appreciate the case coming to his own D.C. backyard--the one he shares with his wife, Lucy, from whom we hear he is now, not surprisingly, estranged. At any rate, it certainly appears that Buckley is using a legal technicality to step on the throat of his own son. Speaking of stepping on poor Jonathan's throat, William F. Buckley, Jr.'s will specifically states, and we quote, "I intentionally make no provision for said Jonathan, who for all purposes  . . . shall be deemed to have predeceased me." In laymen's terms, the late Buckley, Jr. declared his grandson dead. How's that for a loving granddad?