"They've been just as difficult as they can be," Shuler's chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, told the Citizen-Times.
Rogers said it's not just a question of his Democratic boss being inconvenienced by the outgoing eight-term Republican's staff. He said constituents who had asked their congressman for help will now have to start all over.
"We have no case files. We don't even have knowledge that casework was being done for individuals," he said. "To clean off the operating systems, that's more than just cleaning the files."