October 8, 2013 3:48 pm -

Earl Conlon said his threat to shut down DC was simply to attract media attention.

Georgia-based truck driver Earl Conlon, who was behind the group “Truckers for the Constitution,” told The Washington Post he was hoping to use the threat of shutting down the Beltway to highlight the industry’s frustration with federal regulations.

“The comments to U.S. News were designed to do one thing and one thing only: stir the feather of the mainstream media,” Conlon said. “Nothing gets the attention like the mainstream media, like some sort of disastrous threat. I knew it was going to ruffle some feathers.”

While Conlon said it’s possible some truckers will protest on the Beltway this weekend, he said they wouldn’t be intentionally trying to back up traffic on the 64-mile highway that encircles Washington.

“First of all we know it would not be right to go to D.C. to lock down the city by the Beltloop,” he said. “That wouldn’t be fair to the people there.”