State Rep: My Hooters Career Got Me Where I Am Today
Tennessee lawmaker credits restaurant with much of her success
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 10:56 AM CST
In a Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 photo, state Rep. Julia Hurley gathers her papers on the House floor in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – Julia Hurley won her position as a state representative in the November election thanks in large part to one thing: her experience as a Hooters girl. "If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere," Hurley writes in Hooters magazine, in a piece picked up by the AP. “I have taken quite a bit of flak from the public at large during my run for State House in Tennessee for being a Hooters Girl. But I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful."

Hurley, a 29-year-old Southern Baptist and NRA member, beat the Democratic incumbent to make her entry into politics. She says opponents tried to make her prior employment an issue during the campaign—she also worked as a model—but ultimately they failed. Her former regular customers (she is now a consultant/entrepreneur) also helped her achieve victory by making campaign contributions. Amusingly, the AP notes that other than Hurley’s column, the magazine mostly features pictures of scantily-clad Hooters girls. Click for 5 facts about Julia Hurley.

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Franko Alemann
Feb 10, 2011 11:51 AM CST
She's a Baptist NRA member and you people talk about her having worked at Hooters. Poor America.
Feb 9, 2011 9:32 PM CST
Hooters is a lot tamer than it seems. My friend's ultra-liberal, ultra-feminist kid sister worked there. The waitresses aren't dressed any more revealingly than the family-friendly Rockettes. It's all about the clever name.
Feb 9, 2011 6:41 PM CST
Going after this woman is pretty low hanging fruit. Just because she worked at Hooters doesn't mean she's stupid. While I have no doubt that were she and I to sit down we would not agree on much politically I will not attack her because she worked at Hooters. If that was the only thing on her resume then maybe there would be something here but she's been running a business for several years...So I will reserve judgment on her mental capacity.