Tenn. state rep: "I carved my initials in my desk in the House, but I don't understand why it's news"

Tennessee House Rep. Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) has confirmed that she carved her initials into her desk in the state legislature. The freshman rep previously drew unwarranted, misogynist derision because she had worked as a "Hooters girl," which has no bearing on her capacity to understand and deliberate on legislative issues. On the other hand, this childish display is indeed pretty disappointing — and she isn't the only one who's done it, as there are other initials and dollar signs carved into the House's desks.

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."

State Rep. Hurley admits carving initials into House floor desk

(Image: TN General Assembly)