Judge Nina Di Pietro Campaign Claims Endorsement From Group Backing Her Opponent

Broward Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro claims to have the endorsement of a group which is actually backing her opponent. On its palm card for the November General Election, the “Concerned Clergy of Broward” endorsed former Judge Ian Richards for the County Court Judge Group 7 race. Campaign literature passed out at early voting locations by Judge Nina and her volunteers lists seven endorsements. One of these endorsements is from “Concerned Clergy of Broward County.”

While the “Concerned Clergy of Broward” backed Di Pietro in the primary, it is clear the group of local pastors is now supporting Ian Richards. Is Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro trying to fool voters? Is Judge Nina claiming the support of another religious group with a similar name?

This would not be the first time the Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro campaign tried to fool voters. On Monday, a campaign volunteer in Wilton Manors claimed Judge Nina was a Democrat. The same volunteer claimed the Dolphin Democrats group endorsed Di Pietro even though Ian Richards is on their palm card.

Another Judge Nina volunteer was spotted handing out the Broward Democrat voter guide. This is another no-no. Plus, it comes just days after Judge Nina supporters pressured Republicans to put her on their voter guide. A former “Republican darling,” Judge Nina lost support in the party after her husband, David Di Pietro sued Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Maybe the controversies swirling around her supporters are forcing these desperate tactics? Her husband sued Governor Scott after he was removed from his post as chairman of Broward Health. State investigators told the Governor that David Di Pietro was interfering in their investigation. This same investigation involves another Judge Nina booster, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.

Then there is the ongoing drama over the taxpayer-funded Young At Art (YAA) children’s museum in Davie. Her husband, the chairman of YAA, is dealing with financial issues with Broward County. These negotiations come amid scandalous art exhibits involving nudity and hypersexualized events.

YAA curator Zack Spechler is another Judge Nina volunteer. He was spotted handing out non-campaign literature at the African-American Library in Fort Lauderdale. Spechler is the son of YAA CEO Mindy Shrago. His father, Jay Spechler is promoting Judge Nina at the Hollywood early voting location.

Is Judge Nina afraid she will lose her spot on the bench if she plays by the rules?

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Mitchell Berger and Others Involved In Broward Health Legal Drama Keep Funding Judge Nina Di Pietro


The major players in the ongoing Broward Health legal drama continue to fund the re-election campaign of Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro. In March, her husband, former Broward Chairman David Di Pietro, was removed from his post by Governor Rick Scott after the Chief Inspector General claimed he was interfering in the Broward Health investigation. Last week, REDBROWARD revealed her husband’s legal team and the law firm he hired to oversee the State investigation into Broward Health contributed to her re-election campaign.

Two weeks ago, REDBROWARD exposed the close ties between Chip La Marca and Mitchell Berger. La Marca is a close friend of David and Nina Di Pietro.

BIG DEMOCRAT FUNDRAISER KEEPS FUNDING DI PIETRO

In March, the Broward Health board fired the Berger Singerman law firm after Florida Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel accused Berger Singerman of interfering with her review and recommended the suspensions of David Di Pietro, the former chairman, and Commissioner Darryl Wright. Gov. Scott suspended both men for “malfeasance” within hours of that recommendation on March 18.

In June, LaMarca co-hosted a political fundraiser with Mitch Berger  at his Berger Singerman firm for Fort Lauderdale Commission candidate Ben Sorenson. Chip LaMarca was the second name listed on the Sorenson invitation. Politcial insiders wonder why LaMarca, the former chairman of the Broward Republican Party is so chummy with a big Democrat fundraiser like Berger.

Earlier this month, Broward Health debated whether to pay $200,000 in legal fees to Berger Singerman. According to POLITICO, new chairman Rocky Rodriguez said it wasn’t the “right time” to discuss the bill, and said he needed to get some answers “here and there” regarding the fees.

In September 2015, months before he was hired by Broward Health, Mitchell Berger gave a $500 contribution to Republican appointee Nina Di Pietro. Last week, Mitchell Berger gave Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro another $500 contribution.

LEGAL DREAM TEAM AND YOUNG AT ART STILL GIVING BIG BUCKS TO JUDGE NINA

After being removed from his post, David Di Pietro sued Governor Rick Scott in Broward County Court. Members of Di Pietro’s legal “dream team” also supported Judge Nina. REDBROWARD reported Judge Nina received large contributions from lawyers Bruce Green, Brian Silber and Jay Spechler.  Like Berger Singerman, all three lawyers want Broward taxpayers to pay their hefty legal fees for representing David Di Pietro.

Judge Nina also received money from Spechler’s wife, Mindy Shrago, the controversial executive director of the Young At Art Children’s Museum in Davie. After the August 30th primary, Spechler and Shrago each gave Judge Nina another $1,000 contribution.

David Di Pietro is the current chairman of the Young At Art board.