The Clean House folks would have their work cut out for them, though:
The Dear Abby mash note is one of thousands of letters, photographs and other memorabilia that fill drawers and closets and filing cabinets in Byrd’s cluttered office in the Hart Senate Office Building and his offices on the first and second floor of the Capitol. In the coming days, his staff will embark on the huge task of sorting through it all to archive what is one of the largest collections in congressional history.
Staffers sifting through the files have unearthed a country-music set list from Byrd’s 1977 recording session at the Library of Congress (he was an accomplished fiddler); his countless drafts of legislation; floor speeches; videocassettes; recipes from his late wife, Erma; and mementos from every hollow of West Virginia.
The proceeds from the garage sale alone may be enough for a month or two of pork for Byrd’s district.
Especially if the staff don’t hide the Klan memorabilia…