ATLANTA — Warming up a large crowd of people awaiting the arrival of former president Bill Clinton, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed mentioned to the crowd that Guy Cecil was in the building.

Nobody really seemed to know of Cecil or the importance he holds in Democratic Party circles. But Cecil leads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- he's been instrumental in recruiting candidates running across the country and coordinating their messaging and strategy with the national party.

Turns out Cecil was in town to briefly on Friday to see Clinton and Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn on the campaign trail together.

"Guy said, 'How’s the energy in the city of Atlanta?'" Reed told the crowd. "I said, 'Guy, you haven’t looked outside yet, you need to check it out. Because the people in Atlanta are ready to go, ya’ll.'"

Cecil later sneaked into the room, standing near the right side of the stage as Nunn began addressing the crowd. He was spotted taking photos of the crowd  including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young and former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.)  and typing on his phone, before crossing his arms and watching Nunn give her brief remarks. He slipped out later once Clinton and Nunn started working the ropeline.