Montana: With God on Sidelines, Truck Driver Exits Race

Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:36pm

Sen. Max Baucus (D) has one less opponent to worry about this November. According to local reports, truck driver Shay Joshua Garnett is withdrawing from the Republican primary; however, his name will remain on the ballot in June.

Garnett, who was one of six little-known Republicans running in primary, told the Billings Gazette that he is leaving the race because voters and party leaders did not respond positively to his campaign.

Last month it was revealed that Garnett was wanted in Indiana on a warrant for failing to appear in court for stalking, harassment and invasion of privacy. Also according to the newspaper, Garnett had told reporters that a higher power had called on him to be a national leader, but he told the Gazette on Tuesday that God “decided not to do anything in my campaign.”

Baucus recently reported that he had raised more than $10 million for his re-election campaign, even though none of the remaining five Republicans in the field is considered a competitive candidate for the general election.

— Shira Toeplitz