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It’s Summertime & Not Thinking Straight Gets a Lot of Attention

With the Legislature out of session and our sitting governor being a generally dull fellow insofar as generating controversy for Tennessee political junkies, interest has turned this summer to such weighty matters as:
_Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has acknowledged carving her initials, JCH, on a desk in the House chamber during the early morning hours of the last day of the legislative session, triggering amazing array of commentary by bloggers around the nation.
“I wasn’t thinking straight,” she said.
From Time.com to Wonkette.com, most of the postings were less than complimentary of the lady lawmaker who once was a waitress at a Hooters restaurant and wrote an article about her experiences.

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Harwell: Rep. Hurley Will Pay to Restore Defaced Desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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.

Rep. Hurley Acknowledges Carving Initials on House Floor Desk

From Bob Fowler in the News Sentinel:
Yes, she carved her initials in her desk on the floor of the state House, state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, confirmed today.
“It was like 1 in the morning on the last day of the session,” Hurley said of that late-night session in May. “I wasn’t thinking straight.”
Hurley was responding to a recent report on a Nashville television station about the incident. The station reported several other desks also have marks on them, ranging from initials to a dollar sign.
Hurley, 29, said she doesn’t remember what she used to carve her initials — J.C.H. — on the desk as she and other representatives waited on the state senate to adjourn.
“To ask me details about what happened three months ago, I couldn’t tell you,” the first-term lawmaker said. “I don’t understand why it’s news, and I don’t want to talk about the desk.”