A US House Of Representatives stenographer, Dianne Reidy, became a strange footnote to the shutdown drama when she seized control of the podium and began raving about God, freemasons, and the constitution as the vote to end the gridlock finally took place.
Dianne Reidy was, up until that point, a quiet stenographer in the House by all accounts. But the late-night contentious vote seemed to awaken a sort of fervor in the scribe, and her ensuing rant turned quite a few heads.
Reidy took a microphone and decried… it wasn’t quite clear what her gripe was. She began by accusing lawmakers of disrespecting God, and said:
“He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was. It never was.”
Reidy ignored the gavel banging behind her in a call for order, and continued:
“Had it been, it would not have 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.”
Fox News later spoke with Reidy about her strange outburst, and the House stenographer claimed that the “Holy Spirit” moved her to engage in the bizarre outburst — she said in an email:
“For the past 2 and 1/2 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.”
It is not clear if Reidy spoke to the aftermath of her rant on the House floor. Husband Dan says he stands by wife Dianne and supports her decision, telling the network:
“My wife is a sweet, level-headed wonderful woman of God. I am proud of her.”
Lawmakers who worked alongside the House stenographer say Dianne Reidy was a quiet and calm woman, and that her sudden outburst was worrisome.