Kitty Felde

Anti-incumbency fever could shake up House offices... literally

No one on Capitol Hill wants to jinx the upcoming mid-term elections.  Republicans have their fingers crossed that the polls will hold through November 2 and they'll retake one or both sides of Congress.  Democrats are publicly pooh-poohing the polls and privately holding their collective breaths.

But there's another, more practical consequence of anti-incumbency fever here on the Hill: better offices. 

Congressional offices (like just about everything else here) are assigned according to how much time you've logged in in the House or Senate.  The most junior members usually get the smallest offices with the worst view on the most inconvenient floor.  But you get the option to move as you outlast your fellow members of Congress. 

So if the voters continue to throw out the old crowd and bring in the new, those who survive could be picking from some pretty choice real estate.  Moving's a hassle, but staffers dream of having a cubicle of their own (vs sharing with a pair of interns) and not having to store 5 gallon jugs of bottled water under their feet. 

It's likely this November, the halls of Congressional office buildings will be jammed with moving carts.   

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