Tenn. State Rep. Says Hooters Girl Past Key to Success

February 9, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Well yah, it’s no secret that hooters have propelled many women to successful careers.  But it usually doesn’t become a political campaign issue. In the case of newly-elected Tennessee state Rep. Julia Hurley (R), her past stint as a Hooters waitress, a restaurant chain known for its wings and well endowed female servers, has become a badge of honor. A single mom who became pregnant at 15, Hurley put herself through college by working at Hooters and with part-time modeling gigs (an allegedly pantless photo surfaced during the campaign). Now, Hurley is raising eyebrows once again, by attributing her political success to her experience as a Hooters waitress in an article in the latest issue of Hooters magazine. If Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) can become a U.S. Senator after posing for a nude Cosmo centerfold while in college, then why can’t a former Hooters Girl serve in the Tennessee state legislature, right?

Hurley, 29, made her remarks in a Hooters magazine piece profiling “the success stories of Hooters Girls both past and present,” according to a report by the Associated Press.

The new conservative state lawmaker, who successfully rode a tea party wave in the November mid-terms, looks back fondly at her time as a Hooters girl in the company of other struggling young women hoping to someday, achieve a better life. True, working as a Hooters Girl is not a traditional stepping stone towards a political career, but Hurley says she made the most of her limited opportunities at the time, and she makes no apologies.

Hurley, a Southern Baptist, member of the Gun Owners of America and the Daughters of the American Revolution, says she decided to run for office because of her strong opposition to President Obama and healthcare reform. “I knew I had to step up,” she said.

You would thing that Hurley as a single mother, and no stranger to economic and personal hardships, would embrace the reform of our healthcare system that provides affordable, quality healthcare to all Americans, but apparently not.


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