Earl Conlon accomplished something people pay lobbyists and media consultants hundreds of thousands of dollars to do: get attention for a cause.

His threat to take the Beltway hostage by stopping traffic on the 64-mile roadway set the Internet abuzz on Monday after news of a proposed “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally was reported by U.S. News and World Report.

Conlon, a truck driver from Georgia, said that as many as 3,000 truckers were coming to Washington on Friday with the intention of shutting down the Beltway.

But on Tuesday, Conlon, 50, explained to The Washington Post that it was all a stunt.

Conlon is an ordinary guy — just a father of three from Georgia — but he’s also a published author. He’s shared some of his thinking via YouTube.

 

Conlon said he might not make it to Washington on Friday but to keep an eye out for other truckers. We’ll be keeping an eye out, too.

And if the trucking thing doesn’t work out for Conlon, maybe he has a future here inside the Beltway.