U.S. House stenographer 'couldn't be better' after late-night rant

Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:01pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A House of Representatives stenographer who was pulled from the chamber ranting about Freemasons during this week's vote on raising the U.S. debt ceiling said on Friday she "couldn't be better" when asked how she was feeling after the outburst.

In a brief phone interview, the stenographer, 48-year-old Dianne Reidy, declined to comment on what motivated her to stand up on the House floor on Wednesday night and make comments including: "The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was."

Reached at her Maryland home on Friday, Reidy declined to elaborate on her comments, saying: "It's not where I'm going, it's where God's going."

Reidy was hauled off the House floor during Wednesday night's vote to end the federal government shutdown and increase the U.S. borrowing authority. She was interviewed by Capitol Police officers and taken to a hospital for a brief evaluation.

Her husband, Dan Reidy, told the New York Post that his wife had been working extremely long hours and having a hard time sleeping during the 16-day shutdown.

"Two weeks, waking up in the middle of the night," Reidy told the Post. "She's like, 'I can't sleep, God's got me in the work.'"

Freemasons are a centuries-old fraternal organization. Several of the country's founders, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere, were Freemasons.

Officials with the House Office of the Clerk did not immediately respond to questions regarding Reidy's employment status.

(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Here’s a lengthier excerpt from the rant:

“Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand. He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don’t touch me) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. It would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Truly bizarre. Mental exam required…

Oct 18, 2013 11:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
brotherkenny4 wrote:
This is disappointing. There are plenty of real things to rant about, but this is simply mental instability.

Oct 18, 2013 11:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:
She is a perfect example about why our fore-fathers wanted separation of church and state.

We do not need Taliban-like government. Unfortunate it looks like a light of the religious right have just that in mind for us!

Oct 18, 2013 2:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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