Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigns after seizure

2:35 PM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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By David Jackson, USA TODAY

Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, just a few weeks after getting involved in pair of traffic accidents.

In a letter to President Obama, Bryson said, "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the department."

President Obama confirmed that he has accepted Bryson's resignation.

"I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to John for his service over the past months, and wish him and his family the very best," Obama said in a statement.

The president's statement did not mention the incident in which Bryson, while on personal time at his home in California, collided with two cars within five minutes, and was cited by police for hit-and-run. Bryson said he suffered a seizure while driving.

Bryson took a medical leave, and deputy Rebecca Blank has been running the department in his absence.



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