Video: House stenographer freaks out on House floor

Obligatory, it seems, given the wide coverage of this strange and sad spectacle from the House vote last night to pass the Reid-McConnell compromise that ended the budget impasse. Drudge blasted it on Twitter this morning, and Politico reported it last night shortly after the bill passed:

As the bill sailed toward final passage, the presiding lawmaker suddenly began pounding the gavel. Witnesses on the floor said the woman, identified as Dianne Reidy, seized a microphone and began yelling during the vote.

She was then removed from the chamber by floor staff and taken into an adjacent elevator. She continued yelling as she was taken away, saying phrases such as “you cannot serve two masters” and “he will not be mocked.”

The Daily Caller has a bit more of Reidy’s rant:

Castro told a group of reporters Reidy had “kind of crazed look, quite frankly. It was very disturbing for members of Congress.”

“The microphone was off,” Castro said, so no one could hear what she was saying.

Reporters standing outside the chamber saw the doors burst open as people physically pushed her out of the chamber as she resisted and toward an elevator.

“He will not be mocked,” she said repeatedly, as five or so people held her in front of the elevator door. Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert stood to the side looking very concerned. He touched her arm and tried to comfort her, but she appeared inconsolable.

“It is deception here,” she continued, yelling loudly. “This is not, one nation under God. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been… It would not have been, the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Here’s the video, but Castro’s right — you won’t hear anything or see much more. (Hint: Stare at the middle of the picture where the word YEA is located.)

Todd Zwillich posted a much more clear audio of the eruption at Soundcloud (via the Washington Post):

Reidy apparently worked in the House for eight years and had never shown any issues until last night. Let’s hope she gets the help she needs, and perhaps finds a job with less stress. Right now she needs our prayers and our best wishes, and maybe a question or two about whether her superiors should have noticed something amiss.