Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro is using an image of the late Broward Health CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi in a social media post promoting her re-election campaign. In a tasteless Facebook post, Judge Di Pietro posts a picture of the board with the caption, “Check out Judge Nina in 2013 at her first Board of Medicine meeting.” Di Pietro and El Sanadi served together on the Florida Board of Medicine.
El Sanadi committed suicide in January. According to investigators, El Sanadi was under tremendous stress from controversial business practices at Broward Health. As CEO, El Sanadi worked closely with the Chairman of Broward Health, David Di Pietro, who is Judge Nina Di Pietro’s husband. Florida Governor Rick Scott removed David Di Pietro from the board after Florida Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel complained of interference by Di Pietro and fellow board member Darryl Wright.
Published reports claim Federal and State investigators are delving into contracts between the hospital district and several vendors. One of the main targets is a multi-million dollar contract with Zimmerman Advertising. Witness interviews and emails show County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, then a Zimmerman employee, was a driving force behind the contract.
LaMarca is a close friend and adviser to Judge Nina Di Pietro and her husband David.
It’s unclear why Judge Nina would include El Sanadi in a campaign Facebook post, especially while the Broward Health investigations are ongoing.
On November 8, Broward voters will decide if they really want to keep Judge Nina on the bench.