Texas University Settles With Ousted Employee Who Called Congressman ‘Fear Monger’

Stephen F. Austin University has reached a settlement with a former art-galleries director it pushed out after he called a local congressman a “fear monger,” KTRE reports.

Christian Cutler was forced to resign after he clashed with Rep. Louis B. (Louie) Gohmert Jr., a Republican who represents the university’s district in Congress. In 2010, Mr. Gohmert asked Mr. Cutler to judge a high-school art show. Mr. Cutler said no and called Mr. Gohmert a “sensationalist” because of his statements on immigration.

Mr. Cutler sued the university for $90,000 in lost compensation, accusing administrators of violating his First Amendment rights out of a desire to stay on Mr. Gohmert’s good side. The settlement, reached last month, does not disclose an amount of money.

A former Stephen F. Austin State University employee and the college have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit in which he claimed that he was wrongfully terminated in 2010 for saying no to a request by U.S. Rep Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and referring to the politician as a “fear monger.”

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