But the fact is that Campbell is already being punished. All you need to do is to take one look at last week's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There's Campbell smiling away on the front of the Metro section. He's got a new job as a part-time commentator for Frank Ski's V-103 morning show.
So how is that punishment? Well, for most people it wouldn't be, but for Campbell, it's an indication of just how far he's fallen. Here's a guy who was once considered a political rising star, someone who, at the very least, was supposed to find a place in a national Democratic administration. This also was a person who would have seemed like the ideal fit for Atlanta's new Congressional district, someone to bring a new, younger voice to Washington to join U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta). Instead, you've got David Scott, a 28-year state Senate veteran, as the favorite, a man who has more political past than future.
After eight mostly prosperous years heading one of the most prominent cities in America, the best Campbell can do is a part-time radio gig. It wasn't supposed to turn out like that. Make no mistake. He's being punished.