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Bill Campbell surprises guests at Tom Houck’s birthday

Atlanta politico Tom Houck

Atlanta politico Tom Houck

The Georgian Terrace’s grand ballroom was packed for Atlanta politico Tom Houck’s annual birthday celebration with pal Temi Silver in Midtown Sunday night. The bold-faced names on hand to pay tribute to the pair included: Congressman John Lewis, V-!03 morning man Frank Ski, Mother Nature Network eco columnist Vanessa Vadim, WXIA 11Alive reporter Doug Richards and news anchor Brenda Wood were among the estimated 600 guests.

Lewis was delayed getting into the ballroom due to well-wishers stopping to inquire about Ted Kennedy’s funeral Saturday (Lewis was among the dignitaries who attended).

Naturally, all of the city’s mayoral hopefuls were there to press the flesh. The most diligent in the handshaking department, according to Houck?

“That had to be Mary Norwood,” Houck dished to Buzz. “She worked that room like the Energizer bunny!”

One of the coolest birthday presents scored by Houck, who is hard at work writing a memoir of his former stint driving Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family?

An original caricature of Houck drawn on the spot by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich with the caption: “I have a dream that one day Houck will learn to use his blinker…”

But the biggest head turner at the soiree?

Former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell who happily posed for pictures and greeted old associates at the party. Campbell was convicted of tax evasion in 2006. He was released from prison in 2008. It was the first major public outing in Atlanta for the current West Palm Beach resident since his release.

According to the birthday boy, Campbell called him out of the blue last week to inquire about his annual birthday bash. It seems Campbell was accompanying his daughter back to school at the University of Virginia and decided to pop into the party on the way home. Ground delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Sunday afternoon threatened to derail hizzoner’s plans.

“No one shied away from Campbell either which was nice to see,” Houck said. “People wanted to talk to him and get pictures taken with him. This was definitely him putting himself back out there.”

48 comments Add your comment

FaceSitter

August 31st, 2009
11:25 am

Hilarious. Bill Campbell was the largest scumbag thief this city has ever seen. Maybe he will run for the mayor of New Orleans next year.

2Old4This

August 31st, 2009
11:28 am

Is Campbell out of the slammer? What a great endorsement.

JDE

August 31st, 2009
11:38 am

“No one shied away from Campbell either which was nice to see,” Houck said. “People wanted to talk to him and get pictures taken with him. This was definitely him putting himself back out there.”

Mr. Houck, NO ONE wants Campbell back out THERE. He was an embarrassment to the city, a black eye to the city, and a stain on the city. What were you doing sir during his 8 year Shakedown? Obviously not reading the papers. Glad Bill Campbell hopped on that plane before heading to his new home state of FL. You can have him!

DizHonner

August 31st, 2009
11:42 am

It is pathetic that so many still brown their noses on the likes of Houck. I hope Norwood’s supporters enjoy her coziness with this rouge’s gallery of cons, cheats and thief.

Jessica

August 31st, 2009
11:43 am

Forgive…forget…move on!

FaceSitter

August 31st, 2009
11:46 am

Houck supported Campbell the whole time. Did you people forget? What cracks me up about Houck is how he claims to be a mediator between Republicans and Democrats, and then you go on his website and he is kissing Obama’s and MLK’s ass all over the place.

Brad Steel

August 31st, 2009
11:55 am

was campbell wearing a striped suit?

John

August 31st, 2009
11:56 am

One more term of her dishonor Mayor Shirley Nagins would have us begging for Bill Campbell.

PaulMofATL

August 31st, 2009
11:58 am

Campbell could probably get elected mayor in this city if he chose to run.

JDE asked of Houck:

What were you doing sir during his 8 year Shakedown?

I would venture to guess that he somehow benefitted from Campbell’s reign of crime.

Sheila

August 31st, 2009
12:16 pm

How old is the Birthday boy? My guess 64.

Mark

August 31st, 2009
12:19 pm

Campbell is a complete scumbag, and it would be a complete joke if he were to be elected to public office ever again. It would be par for the course with what the rest of the country, and current residents, think of Atlanta already!!

david

August 31st, 2009
12:23 pm

Didn’t Houck help run Cambell’s Campaigns?

dan mullis

August 31st, 2009
12:30 pm

what can u expect from a liberal like Houck…he just does not get it.

M Anthony

August 31st, 2009
12:38 pm

Isnt it nice to see all the negative comments first thing Monday. It is so good to have a weekend and then come back and read all the moronic wisdom put out by some people of the community.

2Old4This

August 31st, 2009
12:39 pm

forgive – forget – make the same mistakes all over again

Chilidog

August 31st, 2009
12:46 pm

Where in the world did all these HATERS come from? Atlanta learn to forgive and forget. Mayor Campbell served his time for his crime (if he committed a crime), and stop all the hating. To Mister Houck, glad to see that you are still celebrating birthdays and I miss you on “The Georgia Gang”. You and I shared the same views on many issues.

Steve

August 31st, 2009
12:47 pm

Another great example of how good black leadership is! What a thug!

Robert

August 31st, 2009
12:47 pm

Has Campbell overcome the champagne addiction?

Seriously, a scoundrel and a criminal like Campbell being welcomed by that crowd tells the truth about the local political gang. I’d love to see pictures of everyone who posed with him.

Unholy Cow

August 31st, 2009
12:53 pm

What is it with with liberals and their obsession with criminals? Oh that’s right, they’re both stupid. Too bad everyone’s favorite racist Cynthia McKinney couldn’t make it. She’d still be posing for pictures with her ignorant flock.

That's Mr. Carter to you

August 31st, 2009
12:55 pm

Here we go! As usual the closet Nazi’s come out on ajc to start ranting and raving! Most of you couldn’t shine Bill Campbell’s shoes. The man is far more intelligent, wealthy, and “connected” even post prison that you will ever be and you HATE IT you simply cannot stand it! White politicians have committed far worse crimes than what Bill Campbell was convicted of (tax evasion) give me a break! You don’t believe me? Google “republican scandals” and see what comes up. the bottom line is that Bill was responsible for this cities economic boom in the 90’s …you should be kissing his ass along with President Obama’s and Dr. Kings -

That's Mr. Carter to you

August 31st, 2009
12:56 pm

Here we go! As usual the closet Nazi’s come out on ajc to start ranting and raving! Most of you couldn’t shine Bill Campbell’s shoes. The man is far more intelligent, wealthy, and “connected” even post prison than you will ever be and you HATE IT you simply cannot stand it! White politicians have committed far worse crimes than what Bill Campbell was convicted of (tax evasion) give me a break! You don’t believe me? Google “republican scandals” and see what comes up. the bottom line is that Bill was responsible for this cities economic boom in the 90’s …you should be kissing his ass along with President Obama’s and Dr. Kings -

Mr. Carter is an idiot

August 31st, 2009
1:06 pm

You dumb lefties are STILL playing the Nazi card? Hahahaha!!!! Mrs. Carter, you’ve obviously spent your life kissing ass. See where it’s gotten you? Put away the liberal cue cards little man and start thinking on your own.

Homer

August 31st, 2009
1:06 pm

“He who lives in a glass house, should never begin throwing stones.” Remember these words when you think to criticize others. No one is PERFECT!!!

Randall

August 31st, 2009
1:12 pm

Bill served his time… move on people. Of all the charges levied against Bill, they convicted him of tax evasion and that charge is questionable. Bill make have been a crook, but so are most other Atlanta and GA State politicans. He was just arrogant with his criminal activity, which pissed a lot of white people off.

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 31st, 2009
1:12 pm

Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion. All that means is Bill Campbell was a good thief. Skin color has nothing to do with it. Same with Vick. I don’t judge them by their skin color.. Just their dastardly deeds.

picklejuice

August 31st, 2009
1:13 pm

you guys need to do some soul searching with all your racist , negative comments…all politicians are crooks….live and let live…..

Mr. Perfect

August 31st, 2009
1:14 pm

Speak for yourself.

carlton johnson

August 31st, 2009
1:16 pm

I just moved my wallet from my back pocket to my front pocket.

JDE

August 31st, 2009
1:20 pm

Who the hell said anything racist? All I said was that Bill Campbell was an embarrassment and a scumbag. He’d be a scumbag if he were white. Blacks need to get the racial boulder off your shoulders. Now that you have opened up the racial can of worms why are blacks more tolerant of misbehavior in office like Bill Campbell and his cast of cronies who were also indicted with him? Mr. Carter, if Bill Campbell is your definition of success then you need a new dictionary. Sounds like you could have worked for him doing shakedowns of people wanting to do business with the city.

Mr. Carter is still an idiot

August 31st, 2009
1:30 pm

LMAO!! A better Atlanta? A better America? By whose standards Mrs Carter? Yours? Bill Campbells? No thanks. Corruption, hypocrisy and excuse making doesn’t do it for me.

By the way, you only have to click the submit comment button once. You’re welcome.

JDE

August 31st, 2009
1:31 pm

Carter I believe the ignorant posts started with you calling anyone who didn’t like Bill Campbell a closet Nazi. Now you try to paint yourself as a peacemaker by saying we should all be working together for a better Atlanta and a better America. Yes, we should, but you started this fight pal. As far as bright, my tax returns will show how bright I am. Which branch of the govt do you work for? City of Atlanta, Fulton Co, or the post office, because I’m sure you haven’t advanced far in your career.

That's Mr. Carter to you

August 31st, 2009
1:33 pm

JDE – the man was found guilty of tax evasion…BUT I moved here prior to his first term and I saw first hand the improvements Mayor Campbell made to city and the economic boom that the city experienced during his time in office. Do you truly believe that politicians seek office for the greater good without having their own agenda as well? I agree with Randall, Bill’s mistake was the method by which he did his “dirt” – it pissed a few folks off that he was so brazen with it. He was “uppity” LOL that’s a term bigots use when Blacks beat them at their own game. Had his skin color and political affiliation been different Bill Campbell’s appearance in Atlanta wouldn’t have even made the front page.

sharon

August 31st, 2009
1:43 pm

I agree with both of “That’s Mr. Carter to You” comments. I guess I’m an idiot too. I’ll accept that because frankly you sound like you’re off your meds. On another note: while people on this blog is calling Bill Campbell a thief, scumbag, embarassment to Atlanta etc., don’t forget to add handsome. Despite his flaws, he is a very handsome man.

JDE

August 31st, 2009
1:45 pm

Yes, Sharon, he had several male suitors in prison due to his extreme handsomeness. I hope you don’t vote with that mindset,very scary.

Mr. Carter is an idiot

August 31st, 2009
1:46 pm

Nonsense, if Bill Campbell was white he’d still be a scumbag and we’d still be embarrassed by him. The fact that his skin color doesn’t matter is exactly why decent and intelligent people are sick of liberals and their incessant bigotry and race card playing. You people simply don’t get it. Carter, you’re the one who brought race into the discussion. Not surprisingly, you’re too busy whining and blaming everyone else to realize it.

Ayana

August 31st, 2009
1:52 pm

Welcome back Mr. Campbell! You still have supporters here!!!

JDE

August 31st, 2009
1:53 pm

Mr. Carter, Bill Campbell was sent to prison on tax evasion charges but the judge who sentenced him saw firsthand evidence of Bill Campbells misdeeds. He went on gambling trip after gambling trip and never withdrew more than $60 cash from an ATM machine in 8 years on the job. What does that tell you? It tells you he was using cash, cash he got from city vendors who all testified against him. Did you miss those indictments in the AJC or just forgot to read the paper during the the past few years? The judge knew he was dirty and threw his butt in jail. By the way, other people in Campbells administration were both black and white and got thrown in jail, which they should have.

tim

August 31st, 2009
1:54 pm

Campbell was convicted for tax evasion cuz he took dirty money and put it in his pocket. He’s scum.

Ivan Cohen

August 31st, 2009
1:58 pm

The carving knives are definitely out today and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. The comments have said in no uncertain terms who the “designated turkey” is.

Outsider

August 31st, 2009
2:03 pm

Gotta love it. Bill Campbell got 2yrs for tax evasion. Dick Cheney got talked about for shooting a “friend” on a hunting trip. Gotta love the great old USA judical system!!!!!

Reio

August 31st, 2009
2:13 pm

Still Waiting For The Republican Party To Nominate On Of You Confederates For President. Seems They Are Ashamed Of You, From The Deep
South. They Want, Expect And Get Your Votes, But You Get Nothing In Return. Just Go Back And Look : Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush,
Bush Again, Dole, Bush Jr., Bush Jr., McCain…Not One Of You Southerners In The Bunch. The Bush Family Hails From The Northeast; Rhode Island & Connecticut. Kind Of Funny Actually. Thank You Very Much.

FINALLY

August 31st, 2009
2:24 pm

You know I really wanted to respond to this racial blog, and then I thought… why should I be as ignorant as they are?

So....

August 31st, 2009
2:26 pm

Care to explain FINALLY? I’ve seen one comment that could be characterized as such.

j

August 31st, 2009
2:37 pm

scandalous. y’all deserve one another. Jesus was a proud carpenter. Watch these pitiful mortals sell their souls to the almighty dollar. How shameful.

Michael

August 31st, 2009
2:42 pm

Considering Campbell has never been accused of waiting in alleys to jack up somebody, Steve’s comment verifies that “Thug” is the new N word. Congratulations to racists everywhere on coming up with a legal insult word that doesn’t have hundreds of years of vitriol attached. And thanks to Tupac Shakur for glamorizing the word.

AtlSouthside

August 31st, 2009
2:49 pm

Stealing money comes with the nature of the Mayor position. the mayor has authority over city contracts that are each worth millions. With that much money at stake, I’m sure most mayors receive “gifts” and bribes in exchange for contracts with the city. Bill Campbell was just the scapegoat. I bet Shirely Franklin is involved in the same activities that Bill went to jail for.

Funny how no one brings up the fact that Mayor Franklin’s daughter was engaged to a big time drug king pin. Reports say that the king pin even resided at the mayor Franklins home on occasions, yet she had no idea that he was a king pin….right.

bob

August 31st, 2009
2:52 pm

outsider, do you have a point ?

LaVergne

August 31st, 2009
3:01 pm

Shirley Franklin didn’t know about her drug dealing son in law?! That one always makes me laugh. Give me a break. Of course she knew. All politicians either lie, cheat or steal, or all of the above. Shirley’s no different. She’s a joke and so is her “legacy.”