published Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Tennessee lawmaker carved initials in her capitol desk

Rep. Julia Hurley’s initials are seen carved into her desk in the House chamber in Nashville. House Speaker Beth Harwell said the Lenoir City Republican’s desk will be restored at her expense. (AP)
Rep. Julia Hurley’s initials are seen carved into her desk in the House chamber in Nashville. House Speaker Beth Harwell said the Lenoir City Republican’s desk will be restored at her expense. (AP)
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    In this Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 file photo, State Rep. Julia Hurley gathers her papers on the House floor in Nashville, Tenn. A freshman lawmaker who admits carving her initials into her desk in the state House chamber is going to have to pay to fix it. Hurley, a freshman lawmaker who admits carving her initials into her desk in the state House chamber is going to have to pay to fix it. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A freshman Tennessee lawmaker who admits carving her initials into her desk in the state House chamber is going to have to pay to fix it.

House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that Rep. Julia Hurley's initials will be removed at the fellow Republican lawmaker's expense.

"In the excitement of being a freshman at the end of session, Representative Hurley etched her initials into her desk," said Harwell, a Nashville Republican.

"As with any state property, we will take action to have the desk restored and I'm sure Representative Hurley will be more than happy to compensate the state to make the repairs."

The desk carving was first reported by WSMV-TV. Hurley on Monday confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel that she made the etching into the desk during a late-night floor session in May.

"It was like 1 in the morning on the last day of the session," Hurley told the paper. "I wasn't thinking straight."

Hurley, 29, of Lenoir City, said she doesn't remember what she used to cut her initials into the desk.

"To ask me details about what happened three months ago, I couldn't tell you," Hurley said. "I don't understand why it's news, and I don't want to talk about the desk."

Hurley beat a Democratic incumbent last fall to win her seat representing all of Roane County and part of Loudon County.

Hurley drew national attention in February for crediting her success in politics and business to the time she spent working at Hooters restaurants in a two-page story for the chain's magazine.

She said in the article that her Hooters career taught her how overcome obstacles on her way to the state Capitol. "If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere," she wrote.

Hurley in March wrote a letter to Col. Tracy Trott, the commander of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, to apologize for how she treated a state trooper who pulled her over for speeding.

"I was pulled over for speeding, and in my frustration, behaved in a way I should not have," she said in the letter.

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harrystatel said...

Another example of arrogance and stupidity on both sides of the aisle.

"If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere," she [Hurley] wrote.

Instead of a desk, give her a pole so she can perform a legislative interpetive dance for her constituients.

Idiots abound on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

July 13, 2011 at 6 a.m.
mrredskin said...

because Hooters and stripping go hand-in-hand, right bub? idiot.

should have just signed it "Brooks was here".

July 13, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
pmredneck said...

I believe the statement was in reference to the class of people who frequent or work at Hooters. Get it, bub?

July 13, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.
hambone said...

Ah, the quality representation we get with the TEA Party!

July 13, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
mrredskin said...

ummm, no redneck, maybe you should read that again, bub. or learn to read, first.

July 13, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.
PaulWilson said...

pmredneck...Seems to me that I have seen lawyers, doctors, preachers, principals, and school teachers eating at Hooters. Not to mention the girls I have known that have worked there. Know what you're talking about before you pass judgement. Not everyone is the scumbag liberal you'd like to think. Some people just like good wings.

July 13, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.
ejohnson017 said...

This lady is a one term representative.

July 13, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
acerigger said...

Shows why we need to elect more Republicans,"the party of responsibility".After all,she has stepped right up and taken "responsibility" for doing it and will most likely take "responsibility" for the cost of repairs,or maybe she has a "sugar-daddy" from her Hooters days who will pay?

July 13, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.

She might be able to deal with sexual advances well (from her "career" at Hooters) but does that make for her ability to be a good lawmaker? I think NOT. She's only 29 y/o and sounds like a youngster who lack control.

Bet those good ole boys in Nashville love her to death...lol!

July 13, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

Sounds pretty childish to me...

July 13, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
rolando said...

To say nothing of the missing furniture, etc, L4F

July 13, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
rolando said...

Hey, at least we know she can write three letters of the alphabet, anyway...that's better than some up there...

July 13, 2011 at 6:58 p.m.
fairmon said...

I am sure Roane County is proud of their selection? It does make one wonder who she is a puppet for? Money and publicity wins elections, qualification and principles are not a factor. We, Chattanooga, did no better with our dog phobia member. This carving probably occurred while our member was venting about her fear of dogs and how one in the building upset her and got her blood pressure out of kilter.

July 14, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

Good post harp...this is just another example of the "dog-fearing member" wasting her constituents votes/representation...yet they will elect her time and again and again etc...

July 14, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
Humphrey said...

it is funny how people repeat things and people start to believe it.

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/feature/2001/05/23/vandals/print.html

July 14, 2011 at 11:29 p.m.
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