He's Baaaaack!

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2008 following a vote. Craig returned to Washington Tuesday for the first time since public disclosure of his guilty plea in a restroom sex sting. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) AP

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith


It's lonely being a not-gay Republican senator from Idaho.

Larry Craig returned to Washington this week. And no, he was not met with open arms. Other than Arlen Specter, the only senators happy to see his return were Democrats.

Craig went back to work at the Senate while his legal team is trying to see what it can do about turning around his guilty plea to disorderly conduct in a public restroom at the Minneapolis airport.

On Monday, Craig got a boost from the ACLU. The champions of civil liberties filed a brief with the court saying Craig's First Amendment rights were violated. Those hand signals in the stall apparently were a form of free speech.

If all of this were not bizarre enough, the bathroom in question has become a big tourist attraction. People who work nearby describe the situation as crazy. Travelers, unable to resist, stop to have their pictures taken.

Some have come back twice.


Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
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