Politics

'Jesus Lady' Presses on With Her Divine Fight

Rita Warren brings life-size statute of the Messiah back to House steps

Bob Stief helps Rita Warren, known on Capitol Hill as the “"Jesus Lady,"” carry her Jesus mannequin to the House side of the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Hill’s staple religious activist known as “Jesus Lady” returned to her old stomping grounds Thursday, one month after she said she suffered a heart attack.

After hauling her signature life-size statue of the messiah, Rita Warren, a career protester in her late 80s, said she planned to air grievances to Capitol Police because they won’t let her drive onto the Hill’s plaza anymore.

[Jesus Lady Ready to Do Some Arm Twisting of Her Own]

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police said no meeting took place.

The new rule left her having to carry the cast figure from the barricade — a task made more arduous by her health problems.

Still, Warren vowed to press on in her divine fight to remind lawmakers of God.

[Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Happen]

“Even a heart attack, thank God, did not stop me,” Warren said in an interview Wednesday.

Warren is known for taking lawmakers to task from the East Front steps.

She once challenged former Speaker John A. Boehner, via open letter, demanding the Ohio Republican once and for all address her plan to have actor Robert Powell recite the Sermon on the Mount scene from “Jesus of Nazareth” for lawmakers.

Her requests to meet with current Speaker Paul D. Ryan have so far been unanswered, she said.

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