Republican state representative Julia Hurley, whose campaign was besmirched with rumors and one surfaced photo of her time as a Hooters girl, has gone on record in Hooters Magazine saying that her time at the bodacious restaurant chain taught her business sense and networking skills.

Hurley, who had a daughter at the age of 15 and began working at Hooters to pay her way through college, told the magazine, ""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. But I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful."

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