By now we're running the risk of wearing you out, but since we posted a rundown last week of state Rep. Julia Hurley's greatest hits, it only seems fair to pass this along. Over at Shock and Awe, blogger Brian Hornback has posted an email, which, he says, Hurley sent out to supporters in order to "set the record straight on several issues regarding the liberal news media."
The blog also includes what Hornback says is a response from Roane County Commissioner Rand Ellis to the incident involving Hurley and her dog Pepper at the Roane County Courthouse.
Whether the email was written by someone on Hurley's behalf or if she is simply referring to herself in the third person for effect, we don't know. Read the blog for the full text, but here's a teaser, after the jump:
Issue 3. Bringing a dog into the Roane County Courthouse. Yes, she did. Pepper Hurley, the dog in question, is a wonderful companion. Hairless, hypoallergenic, toothless and quiet. Upon entrance into the courthouse Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham had just left with her two dogs, leaving behind their dog beds and two mice were just brought in the the courthouse to feed the 4-H pet snake held on the third floor. On top of the lack of any sign that forbid any animals or dogs from the courthouse, Representative Hurley brought hers in. The accusations by Randy Ellis that this canine could cause allergies or bite someone quickly became front page news and prompted a response from the County Executive after a month of news stories that ,"maybe it was taken a little out of hand" in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Maybe? If this were such an issue, where were the front page stories on Ms. Kirkham or for that matter the attacks on the entire 4-H program for having animals of any kind? Did Representative Hurley apologize? Yes. Did your Representative make sure to say it would not happen again and try to move past this issue? Yes. Is the liberal news media and current opposition continuing to bring these issues up instead of debating and speaking on actual issues? Yes.
And that wasn't the only Julia Hurley item lighting up our Google News alerts this weekend. (Note: This is a joke. We do not actually have a Julia Hurley Google News alert.)
She also made the Washington Times' 2012 list of the top 30 hottest political women, which is apparently an annual offering from the publication. Hurley was not as bothered by this bit of news, which she happily passed along to her Twitter followers.
We don't blame her, either. Hell, if I were named to a similar list, I would attempt to force a mention of it into each of the Scene's four blogs and call whoever I had to in order to make sure I got the Karl Dean treatment in the Sunday Tennessean. Hurley can of course be happy to be included in such a list, though I must say it does seem like a distraction from all the legislation she's been working on.