POLITICS
07/08/2010 04:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Robert Byrd's Legacy Gets Revisited As Staff Clear Out His Office

By law, aides have just two months to close the office of a senator who resigns or dies in office. This week Byrd's aides received instructions from the secretary of the Senate and sergeant at arms laying out every detail of the job, including how to scan and save papers, close state offices, dispose of the office's potted plants and determine what gets shipped to West Virginia before his offices in the U.S. Capitol and Hart Building are made available to other members. (No word yet on who will get the space. The competition -- especially for Byrd's Capitol digs -- is likely to be fierce.)

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