House Stenographer Explains Meltdown

Dianne Foster Reidy says Holy Spirit made her do it

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 17, 2013 1:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – Blame the Holy Spirit: The House stenographer who was dragged out of the chamber last night after an outburst about God and the Freemasons has explained what happened—kind of. Politico reports that Dianne Foster Reidy told Fox News, "For the past two and a half weeks, the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me (through my reluctance and doubt) to deliver a message in the House Chamber. That is what I did last night." According to the New York Post, her husband also chimed in, saying he's "proud" of his wife. She's "a sweet, level-headed, wonderful woman of God." Click to see the outburst.

In this image from House Television, a woman, at the rostrum just below the House presiding officer, seen between the yea and nay wording, is removed from the House chamber.
In this image from House Television, a woman, at the rostrum just below the House presiding officer, seen between the "yea" and "nay" wording, is removed from the House chamber.   (AP Photo/House TV)
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