A Republican lawmaker from Tennessee will have to pay to refurbish a desk that she vandalized in the state House chambers.

“In the excitement of being a freshman at the end of session, Representative [Julia] Hurley etched her initials into her desk,” House Speaker Beth Harwell told The Associated Press Tuesday.

“It was like 1 in the morning on the last day of the session,” Hurley explained. “I wasn’t thinking straight.”

“I don’t understand why it’s news, and I don’t want to talk about the desk.”

In February, the freshman lawmaker wrote that her time as a Hooters girl resulted in her success as a politician.

Hurley found herself in the spotlight again in March when dash cam video revealed that she had argued with a Tennessee state trooper for 15 minutes over receiving a speeding ticket.

“I can realize my mistakes and it should be apologized for,” she later admitted.

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