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.

Poor Taste: Judge Nina Di Pietro Uses Late Broward Health CEO In Campaign Promo

Judge Nina Di Pietro & the late Broward Health CEO Nabil El Sanadi from 2013

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.