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House worker shouts during vote, escorted away


Published:   |   Updated: October 17, 2013 at 08:58 AM

A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a long-time House of Representatives stenographer began shouting and was removed from the chamber during the vote late Wednesday to end the government shutdown.

Lawmakers said she was yelling about the House being divided and the devil.

The woman, identified by several media outlets as Diane Reidy, was yelling from the rostrum just below where the House presiding officer sits. The microphone she was yelling into was off.

“He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. Don’t touch me. He will not be mocked,” she was heard shouting as U.S. Capitol police escorted her away.

“The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro said she had a crazed look on her face.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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