Cunningham says it's because he's tried to stand in the way of unnecessary spending at the agency in Kilgore and because he warned a whistleblower that they were being targeted by ETCOG administrators.
Friday, Cleveland fired him, after Cunningham's conversation with a whistleblower.
"It didn't seem like any consequences were going to occur because of that, and I assumed that we were going to keep her employed," Cunningham says. "Going forward I figured it was only fair to her to say, 'OK, here's, here's, get everything out on the table ... And then the question of the letter came up, and I just said, 'Well, they know it was you.'"
But despite his past successes at ETCOG, Cunningham says he wasn't surprised.
"This was kinda waiting for the other shoe to drop, that my position was kind of tenous anyway," Cunningham says.