Do initials make someone unfit for office?
The media attacks on Rep. Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) are really starting to get old. Now, the press is jumping down Hurley’s throat because during a lull in the proceedings of the House when members awaited final adjournment, Hurley carved her initials into her House desk.
In the United States Senate, Republican Leaders-whether in the majority or minority-have usually sat at a certain desk on the Senate floor. Traditionally, when a Leader prepares to retire from the Senate or stand aside as Leader, they mark their time as Leader by-guess what-carving their names into the desk. Names of great Senators like Henry Cabot Lodge, Robert Taft, Howard Baker, and Bob Dole appear etched somewhere in the desk. Most people don’t even know about this custom, but former U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) talked about how it felt to carve his name into the Leader’s desk along with names like Howard Baker and Robert Taft in one of his farewell speeches on leaving the Senate. What a horrible defacer of public property Bill Frist is, isn’t he?So Julia Hurley is so terrible because she carved her initials into her House desk. Some of the most important decisions ever made that effect our lives were made by our State legislators, and yet our history books often forget their contributions. What is so wrong with such a small marker of historic time so that a woman who no one expected to be a part of our government not only made it there, but contributed t the process and inspired many others with her story can mark her initials on her desk? Initials on a desk can mean a lot for the sake of history, and whether some people want to admit it or not, Julia Hurley has made Tennessee history by her presence in our House of Representatives.