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By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2012
For more than three decades, Rita Warren has sat with her life-size Jesus mannequin outside the Capitol, earning her the name “Jesus Lady.”
But Warren says Jesus’ fate outside the halls of Congress is in peril, and at 11 a.m. today, she will hold a press conference on the East Front of the Capitol to “release the names of those who want to remove Jesus from the Capitol.”
Warren’s — and her statue’s — problems began in July, when she was evicted from the Fairfax, Va., apartment she lived in for 22 years. At the time, Warren said her leasing company was targeting her because her statue could be seen traveling in and out of the apartment complex every time she brought it with her to the Capitol.
Since her eviction, Warren has been hunting for who is trying to keep her and the mannequin from the Capitol and said she will release her findings at today’s “international” presser. “We’ve got the Washington Times and Fox News, because I’m a friend of Fox News,” Warren said. “And whether the liberal media wants to come or not, we don’t care.”
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