Sen. Kay Hagan (D) will host the North Carolina delegation for an “American Idol” finale viewing party tonight.
The group will be cheering on 17-year-old finalist Scott McCreery from Garner, a suburb of Raleigh, as he competes to be America’s musical Idol.
The state has been something of a music factory for top Idol contestants in recent years, producing winner Fantasia Barrino, runner-up Clay Aiken, semifinalists Kellie Pickler and Chris Daughtry and a couple others whose names we’d be embarrassed to admit we know.
“North Carolina has a history of bringing the best competitors to ‘American Idol,’ and Scotty is maintaining that tradition and making us proud,” Hagan said in a statement. “I know everyone in Garner is rallying behind him, and my staff and I are pulling for him to bring another ‘Idol’ crown to North Carolina.”
The Senator even called McCreery to wish him luck.
There was no word where the “Idol”-watching will be held, but we picture lots of couch space and ample popcorn.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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