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Kaine moves out of governor's mansion, McDonnell prepares to move in

Anita Kumar

Outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine quietly moved out of the Executive Mansion Jan. 7 to allow state workers to spend a week sprucing up the place for Virginia's new first family.

Today, workers were busy moving the McDonnells' items into the mansion in time for their arrival tomorrow following Bob McDonnell's inauguration. A moving truck was parked in the driveway while furniture and boxes were hauled inside.

The Kaines -- including First Lady Anne Holton and their three children -- moved back to their family home in Richmond's Ginter Park neighborhood. But Kaine returned to the mansion for one more night on Wednesday after giving his final speech to a joint session of the General Assembly at the nearby state Capitol. He invited legislators to a reception to the mansion afterward and stayed overnight.

Kaine and Holton shared a tearful goodbye with staffers at an office party at the Patrick Henry Building late this afternoon while Cabinet secretaries and others were seen packing boxes and carrying personal items to their cars.

The rest of Capitol Square was buzzing with activity today. Legislators were meeting at the Capitol. McDonnell's transition office was shutting down. And a marching band was practicing for tomorrow's inaugurual festivities.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 15, 2010; 6:46 PM ET
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A week to spruce the place up? Sounds more like heavy redecorating. I would hope that McDonnell will move a faster in the future.

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Posted by: chrisbrown12 | January 16, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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