This week, a judge struck down Florida Governor Rick Scott’s suspension of David DiPietro & Darrell Wright and in an ironic twist – the Judge was right.**
While any reader of this blog this past year would find ample grounds to not only suspend but even remove Mr. David DiPietro and Mr. Darrell Wright for improper conduct as board members, the singular stated reasons for the Governor’s actions were remarkably off the mark. It’s like missing the fish in a barrel without water.
The hypocrisy is palatable, the irony is distasteful, and the lesson is dangerously evident. Based on the Judge’s order, Broward Health appears to be an organization that is run by an incompetent board of political hacks, accountable to no one – not the public, not the voters, not the taxpayers, not its customers, not the 8,000 plus employees, not even the Governor. The irony is that I was hoping for the Governor to win, knowing full well that in this case only – I felt the Governor’s actions were somewhat precipitous and not well thought out. See my article “David DiPietro’s Raw Deal”. I was hoping that, at the very least – the Board would be accountable to someone – even if it were only the Governor.
Even more infuriating, is the “vindication” DiPietro claimed in the judge’s order.
“I am pleased and gratified at the judge’s ruling,” Di Pietro said in a statement. “The order is vindication of my service at Broward Health … I am proud of my record of fighting corruption at Broward Health, and with my reinstatement, I intend to continue to champion multiple transparency and accountability reforms.” David DiPietro 4/11/16 Sun Sentinel