Robert’s Rules of Order, the parliamentary procedure handbook used by legislative bodies, dates back to 1876, so it doesn't address motions related to reality TV.
But that didn’t stop House Speaker Thom Tillis from officially recognizing Rep. Deborah Ross this afternoon “to announce the results of American Idol.”
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker,” Ross, D-Wake, replied. “Scotty won,” she said, cheering, while other House members applauded the news. (Ross represents parts of Garner, Scotty McCreery’s hometown.) NC House celebrates Scotty McCreery's Idol win
“I would also like to thank all the members of the General Assembly and the legislative staff who have been voting for Scotty,” Ross said. “And we know that Representative Stam’s votes in the last two weeks have put him over the top.”
Majority Leader Skip Stam, R-Wake, who got a lot of grief two weeks ago for not knowing who Scotty was, stood up next “to make an announcement."
"I got in trouble last time for going beyond the announcement,” Stam joked.
Stam and his grandsons attended McCreery's homecoming concert in Garner two weekends ago, and he's been tweeting his support for the Garner phenom ever since.