NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee lawmaker who once credited her success in politics and business to prior work at the Hooters restaurant chain has hit back at critics of a YouTube video she posted of her dog Pepper being held out the window of a moving car.
Republican state Rep. Julia Hurley said Tuesday her Chinese crested enjoys being held in the wind, adding "she's very happy."
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Hurley's short video _ "Pepper Air Swims" _ was pulled two days after being posted on YouTube. Hurley said she removed the video because she didn't want to deal with criticism she called politically motivated.
Elected in 2010, Hurley drew national attention then for crediting her success to time spent working at Hooters restaurants, in an article for the chain's magazine.
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