California wildlife employee fired for writing letter defending Ted Nugent (VIDEO)

A former state employee is fighting to get his job back with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife after the agency fired him for writing a letter of recommendation defending rocker Ted Nugent.

In 2010, Nugent got in trouble with California CDFW officials for illegally hunting deer, a charge which he pleaded no contest, lost his hunting privileges in the state and later bashed the CDFW officials who enforced the punishment.

A couple years later Nugent faced similar charges, but in Alaska. In response, Robert Simpson, a former captain with CDFW, wrote the letter — with a CDFW letterhead and as a CDFW official — defending outspoken political activist. A year later, Simpson was fired.

[ ABC 30 ]