That new face in Fayetteville belongs to U.S. Rep. David Price. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield is paying more visits to Durham, the home of his alma mater. And it's not to visit the statue of NCCU founder James E. Shepard.
U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill will be in Cumberland County tomorrow at an MLK event, a meeting with senior Democrats, and a neighborhood meet-and-greet.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of Wilson is an announced attendee at an event tomorrow sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. Later this month, a Durham school administrator will be Butterfield's guest at the State of the Union address.
Totally routine for congressmen to be out and about in their districts, except that Butterfield doesn't represent Durham and Price doesn't represent Fayetteville. Not yet, anyway.
New redistricting plans reconfigure congressional districts to put part of Durham, which is now all in the 4th District and represented by Price, into the 1st District where Butterfield is the incumbent.
Price's district is reshaped to run south into Fayetteville.
Democrats and advocacy groups are fighting the new district plans in court with the aim of having the maps redrawn.
But Butterfield and Price wouldn't be politicians if they didn't weren't planning for all contingencies.