October 17th, 2013
12:24 AM ET
6 months ago

Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor

Updated: 2:06 p.m. ET, 10/17/2013

Washington (CNN) – Amid all the chaos of the last-minute deal in Washington, there was an unusual moment on the House floor moments after the bill passed.

A House stenographer and well-known employee calmly took to a microphone and began screaming.


"Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand," she said, according to a House GOP aide. After a few seconds, she was escorted out by the Sergeant-at-Arms, but an audio recording by Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International captured the rest of her rant.

"He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don't touch me) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that 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... and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

House members and aides were surprised and unsettled by the scene.

"I don't know, she just snapped," said a GOP aide.

CNN's Dana Bash spoke with several staffers who knew the woman well.

"She’s a well-known person, she’s a perfectly nice person, a good colleague, somebody who’s respectable and dependable, and this is very surprising to everybody who works with her," Bash reported on air.

"The Sergeant in Arms didn’t try to stop her because she works there and that’s where she’s situated," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told Jake Tapper. "And she actually went up behind the podium where the president speaks from. They thought she was going to hand something to the speaker, and then they realized."

Officer Shennell S. Antrobus of Capitol Police told CNN she wasn’t arrested or charged and was transported to a local area hospital by DC Fire for further evaluation.

In terms of an ongoing investigation or further action about the stenographer, Antrobus said no such action will be taken.

"There is nothing more, from our end, that we are going to do," Antrobus said.

–CNN’s Deirdre Walsh, Steve Brusk, Dan Merica and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House
soundoff (1,094 Responses)
  1. zolaholt

    Certainly doesn't make the Top Ten craziest things said in Congress this week. They should take the Senators and House members in for observation.

    October 17, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. john

    So she gave up her job to rant about a man who said he was coming back....2 thousand years ago

    October 17, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. TobyM

    Maybe it is the room.

    October 17, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Verum Educat

    You will drive yourself crazy trying to live your life based on a mythical being and a mythical afterlife. If you hear voices in your head, its not allah or jesus. Get help.

    The sooner everyone realizes this life is all there is, then our focus will be to build better lives for ourselves, our children and our neighbors. Leave the world a little better than you found it for your children, as it will be here long after your gone.

    October 17, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. MasterBlaster

    At least we had one STATESMAN in the House Chamber, who spoke the truth! What did the POLITICIANS do to the Speaker of the TRUTH? Had the Sergeant in Arms remove her from the chamber. Then she was taken to a hospital for "mental Evaluation". IMHO I think she should of been allowed to stay, and the 434 House Members should of been taken away to the CRAZY HOUSE!
    Next Election, do the Right Thing:
    VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

    October 17, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. jimmyjo

    Is what she said true? Jefferson wasnt thrown out for mentioning what God wants or for praying.

    October 17, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Say it ain't so

    She didn't snap, she spoke the truth. Funny, when a person talks about God you say she snapped but when congress shuts down the government for days you say they're trying to reach a deal...

    October 17, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Joshua

    Post-hypnotic suggestion, a trigger word involving shapes, colors and/or a coded phrase to elicit a pre-programmed response. Neurolinguistics. The handler will cast the lure, the fish, crawdad or other desired predator will respond to the bait.

    October 17, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Phil Esteen

    The stenographer sounds like an amalgamation of Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann and Fred Phelps, which means she could easily be chosen as the 'intellectual leader' of the Republican Party as soon as she is released from observation.

    October 17, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. CHAINSAWMECHANIC

    Hmmm, religious, crazy, AND working for the federal government? Nah, too unlikely.

    October 17, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. JSS

    I daresay that's tame in comparison to the insanity being spewed in that chamber for quite some time.

    October 17, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. nuclear mike

    "I'm mad as Hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore!!!"

    ...the actions of the Federal Government are dividing this Country and people with strong ideologies & faith have had enough of the lying, deceit and corruption that has taken over WASH-DC...she spoke her mind and now they will say she is sick for doing so...the way to silence the dissention...they said " she snapped"...

    October 17, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Beverly weber

    I bet a lot of people would love to stand up on the house floor and rant (myself included). My comments would have differed substantially but I give her credit for seizing the opportunity to blow off some steam. Good on her! I bet they could sell tickets to the public...five minutes on the floor to say your mind. Use the money to pay down the national debt...

    October 17, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Mathew

    Weird.

    October 17, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. martin

    They may have to change the name to The Nut House, for this and other reasons.

    October 17, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. svscnn

    What-up Congress! "Crazy G" in da Howwwsssss!

    October 17, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. VoteForPedro

    Is she related to Ted Cruz?

    October 17, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. Michele

    This is to what belief in fairy tales leads.

    October 17, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. JOHN

    Certainly strange but one must notice that what she is saying has been said before, most free masons that do leave the order do so becuase they feel a stronger attachment to relgion then to the Masons.

    October 17, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. Davo

    I certainly get people's frustration but this seems a bit....nuttier.

    October 17, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. FubarObama

    This is what working with democrats will do to tou

    October 17, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. Mark

    Is it any wonder ? Was she getting paid during the furlough, or was she like me and thousands of others – who had to go to work, yet were getting paid for it ? These Congressional clowns have no clue, the stress they willfully put a lot of good employees under. And to think, we get to do it all over again in a few months.

    October 17, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Momma G

    If I had to sit and record all of the BS that goes on in the House day in and day out – I might snap too. However, it would not have been religious, bible verse quotes. Pretty sure it would have been directed at their voting records, their betrayal of the American people and just how far removed they are from how their governance actually affects everyday people..

    October 17, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. Mark

    Correctiion: weren't getting paid for it.

    October 17, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. Relictus

    Hilarious! Just one more reason why religion is scary.

    October 17, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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