House Stenographer Dragged Out After Outburst
She grabs the mic, starts talking about God and Freemasons
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2013 6:17 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Picture all the people present in the House chamber last night, and select the one most likely to lose it. Didn't pick "the House stenographer"? Yeah, neither did we, but that is apparently what happened during last night's debt ceiling/shutdown vote. Politico reports that a woman named as Dianne Reidy grabbed the microphone on the dais just below where the House presiding officer sits and began ranting about God and the Freemasons. Though the video of the outburst doesn't contain the audio, you can hear it here. The bulk of what she was saying:

  • "He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. Don’t touch me. He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is this is not 'one nation under God.' It never was. Had it been ... The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. ... You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God. Lord Jesus Christ."
She was quickly escorted out and into an elevator. Roll Call describes lawmakers looking on "in a mix of bewilderment and shock"; Rep. Joaquin Castro told the AP she had a crazed look on her face.

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Oct 18, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
LOL I love that the police took her to the hospital for a mental evaluation instead of arresting her. Appropriate response.
Oct 18, 2013 6:24 AM CDT
"like the very people who crucified the Christ." Um, ah...the Romans? talking about?!
Oct 17, 2013 11:59 PM CDT
15 minutes of fame the hard way..