The House stenographer who interrupted the vote to re-open the government with a nearly incoherent outburst claims that she was inspired by the Holy Spirit to do what she did and say what she said.
Dianne Reidy, a deeply religious woman married to a former pastor of a Christian church, mounted the dias toward the end of the vote and said the following:
Reidy caused a stir on Wednesday after she took to the clerk's podium, where the president delivers the State of the Union address, yelling "praise be to God."
"He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. Don't touch me. He will not be mocked," she said. "The greatest deception here is, this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been. No. 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, the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise Forever."
In a remarkable interview with the New York Post, both Reidy and her husband explained why she felt compelled to speak:
Dan Reidy told The Post Thursday that his wife, Dianne, was plagued by sleeplessness since the start of the shutdown Oct. 1.
"Two weeks, waking up in the middle of the night. She's like, I can't sleep, God's got me in the work," Reidy said, speaking from the living room of the couple's Maryland home, where they're raising two twin girls.
"God was preparing her for this vote last night, because this was kind of the culmination of everything," he continued.
"This was the big one. Everybody's there. And Dianne didn't know what she was sharing, she didn't know when - but she just sensed in her spirit."
Dan Reidy, a former associate pastor of a Christian church in Florida, denied that his 48-year-old wife has mental problems.
He said she doesn't drink, smoke or take medications - and that he accepted her claim that she was acting as a messenger for God.
Dianne Reidy was present sporadically during the half-hour interview, but spoke only briefly towards the end.
"I've never felt better," she said, "I'm glad that I fulfilled God's mission for me, absolutely. It lifted a tremendous burden. It was a very hard burden to carry as you can imagine."
The minivan-driving mom worked multiple late nights during the 16-day shutdown, by her husband's account.
Asked whether she loved the House, Reidy responded, "I did, yeah."
Pressed on whether she still loves it, she replied: "No, not any more. Since it just got real toxic" -- then abruptly ended the interview.
After her bizarre behavior , she was taken to George Washington Hospital and spoke to a psychiatrist, then 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'."
Nothing much to say except "For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."