House Stenographer Explains Her Freemason-Themed Outburst

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 18 2013 10:02 AM

House Stenographer Explains Her Freemason-Themed Outburst

Dianne Reidy, the stenographer who provided a fittingly bizarre coda to the shutdown with her rant about how the Freemasons wrote the Constitution, offered up an explanation yesterday for why she decided to begin yelling on the House floor in the first place: God told her to.

"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," she told Fox News' Chad Pergram in an email yesterday. "That is what I did last night.”

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Reidy's husband, Dan, told a similar story to the New York Post. "Two weeks, waking up in the middle of the night," he told the paper. "She’s like, I can’t sleep, God’s got me in the work."

After being dragged from the House floor mid-rant, Dianne Reidy was taken to George Washington Hospital, where she was interviewed by a psychiatrist before being released. "The doctor was asking what was the message, what was the intent of the message?” her husband said. "She goes: 'I don’t know I just spoke what I felt God was putting in my heart. I don’t know who it was directed at'."

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. Follow him on Twitter.