Tenn. GOP lawmaker credits Hooters for success

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A freshman Tennessee legislator credits her success in politics and business to the time she spent working at a restaurant chain known for buxom waitresses in tank tops and short shorts, reports Erik Schelzig of the Associated Press.

Republican state Rep. Julia Hurley, 29, won her November election by knocking off the Democratic incumbent in a conservative district west of Knoxville, but she says it was while working as a “Hooter’s Girl” that she began honing her business sense and networking skills.

Hurley writes about it in the latest issue of the restaurant chain’s Hooters magazine, and says opponents tried but failed to make her past employment and photos from her modeling career a campaign issue.

“I have taken quite a bit of flack from the public at large during my run for State House in Tennessee for being a Hooters Girl,” she said. “But I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful.”

The link also became a direct benefit to her electoral bid when former regular customers made campaign contribution “without question or hesitation,” she said.

The article appears in the magazine’s “Orange Pride Spotlight,” which features “the success stories of

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