The government shutdown claimed one more victim as it was being voted out of existence: the sanity of the House stenographer. As the House of Representatives voted on the Senate bill to end the government shutdown, stenographer Dianne Reidy stood at the microphone and went on a rant about God, the Freemasons, and how we should be following the laws of the former instead of the latter:
"He will not be mocked," the stenographer shouted into the microphone. "The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God."
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) said that the stenographer had a crazed look in her eyes.
It is interesting that someone who seems convinced that only God’s law can be the true law would work for years as a stenographer for a body that expressly forbids using God’s law as a basis for governing (not that the House always plays by those rules, but still). Apparently the two sets of laws reconciled well enough in Reidy's mind until the shutdown pushed her over the edge. Reidy’s Facebook page contained multiple religious posts, including one that referred to “God’s paratroopers.”
House staff came to her quickly to escort her away, but she resisted and got out a few more words: "You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God. Praise be to Jesus."
Reidy, who is reportedly well-liked by House members and staff, was “transported to a local area hospital for evaluation," according to Capitol Police.