Hooters Waitress-Turned-Lawmaker Admits to Carving Initials Into Assembly Desk

At least she's "strong-willed and eager to become successful."

Rep. Julia Hurley, 29, is a freshman legislator from Tennessee who once worked as a waitress at a Hooters restaurant. Yeah, so what. You got a problem with it? As she recently told Hooters Magazine (it's like The Economist, but with articles about onion rings and large breasts), "I have taken quite a bit of flack from the public at large during my run for State House in Tennessee for being a Hooters Girl. But I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful." Right on, Rep. Hurley! Unfortunately, though, her political career has gotten off to a not-so-auspicious start.

Hurley confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel this week that it was indeed she who had carved the initials "J.C.H." into a wood desk on the floor of the state House. The vandalism occurred back in May, but a local TV crew turned it into a pet cause recently, and she finally fessed up, saying, "It was like one in the morning on the last day of the session. I wasn't thinking straight."

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2 Responses:

  1. via via Time 'Newsfeed': —a Nashville television station noted that other desks in the chamber have also been marked, with everything from initials to dollar signs.

    Tennessee's House Chamber: An exemplary example of civil conduct and procedure.

  2. DFB says:

    Wasn't there an episode of The Paper Chase where John Houseman's stodgy professor character was brought to show human warmth and kindness to his students who he had been working too hard by holding him to account to his carving his initials into a local tavern's table while he was a student?

    On a related note, I would like to free up the space in my brain occupied by all of the television I've ever wasted time watching, if I could reclaim it for working memory, or even good jokes.