You know, I honestly thought that Stacey Campfield's proposed legislation to require all dogs in the front seats of cars to be properly restrained was kind of stupid. I mean, who would drive around with their dog on their laps or, I don't know, with some guy holding their dog completely outside of the car while it was moving while they shot video of it to upload to YouTube?
Oh, right: Rep. Julia Hurley.
Yes, Julia Hurley drives around videoing some asshole holding her dog outside the car. And this is supposed to be funny. I mean, it is funny. Not because watching a dog in grave danger is funny, but because, my god, is Julia Hurley a parody of herself at this point or what?
People, you have to check out her fine, grade-A complaining about people being upset about the fact that she terrifies her dog for fun:
"People say they want a legislator they can relate to, they want an open-door policy and know everything that's going on," she said. "But you try to give them that, and they use it against you to try to make you look like a bad person."
"There are some people who are going to say, 'Oh Julia is so is so irresponsible and keeps doing all these stupid things,'" Hurley said.
"But really, I'm not doing anything differently than anyone else; it's just that people perceive it how they want to," she said. "But I like to focus on my legislation; that's why I'm here."
If you let some asshole hold your dog outside of your car and it's flailing its little legs in terror trying to find purchase on solid ground that it's never going to reach and you find that funny, no one has to try to make you look like a bad person. You are clearly a bad person. Not as bad a person as the asshole who would hold a dog outside a moving car, but still pretty bad. You take pleasure in others' suffering. That's a bad thing.
Hurley tries to claim that this is the equivalent of putting dogs in the bed of a pick-up truck or letting your dog stick its head out the car window — except in both of those cases, the dogs' feet are, you know, not hanging in thin air outside the vehicle.
If Hurley truly isn't doing anything differently than anyone else, we have some grave problems as a state. I don't know if Campfield's bill would fix that, but it's a place to start. Meanwhile, if someone would make a flyer that says, "Please keep your dog inside the vehicle when the vehicle is in motion," and put it on Hurley's car, I'd be grateful. And I bet Pepper would too.