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TN Lawmaker Admits She Carved Initials Into Desk In House Chamber: ‘I Don’t Understand Why It’s News’

Freshman Tennessee lawmaker Julia Hurley may have wanted to leave her mark on the state legislature, but perhaps this wasn’t the wisest way to do it. House Speaker Beth Harwell says Hurley, a Republican, will have to pay to cover the costs of removing Hurley’s initials from her desk in the state house, where Hurley carved them during a late-night floor session in May. “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.”

Nashville television station WSMV first reported the initial carving, and Hurley brushed off the incident in comments to the Knoxville News Sentinel:

“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.”

But wait, there’s more. According to the News Sentinel, 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.”

Here’s Hurley’s handiwork, from the Associated Press:

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