House Stenographer Dragged Off Floor After Delivering Message From ‘Holy Spirit’


From the “You Don’t See That Everyday File” comes a bizarre scene from last night’s dramatic House vote to avert a U.S. debt default and end a 16-day government shutdown. Things have gotten testy in recent days and weeks on Capitol Hill, but until Wednesday evening, no one had been forcibly dragged off the House floor by security officers.

As the vote was ending, a tall woman in a beige suit made her way around the dias to the podium where presidents give their annual State of the Union addresses. House Stenographer Dianne Reidy then began delivering a message to the House that, according to reports, she says came straight from the Holy Spirit.

The microphone Reidy chose was off. But Fox News Capitol Hill ace Chad Pergram reports on his Twitter account that Reidy told House members, “You cannot serve two masters” and “praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Here are other parts of Reidy’s message, as tweeted in the moment by Pergram:

Stenogrpaher: “He will not be mocked” “This is not one nation under God it never was” “Constitution wld not have been built by Free Masons”

No word on the status of Reidy this morning. But, in some ways, the scene was a fitting punctuation mark on a few wild weeks on Capitol Hill, where both chambers’ approval ratings are so low that both the Republican and Democratic parties likely need to say a few prayers ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

(Video: C-SPAN)


John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett