Commerce’s Bryson to Take Leave of Absence

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June 12, 2012

Los Angeles Times

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson will take a medical leave after being involved in two San Gabriel Valley hit-and-run crashes, the White House announced Monday night.

“Secretary Bryson informed the White House tonight that he will be taking a medical leave of absence from his position as Commerce secretary as he undergoes tests and evaluations. The president’s thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time. Secretary Bryson assured the White House that the Commerce Department staff will not miss a beat in their work helping America’s businesses compete,” Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, said.

Authorities found Bryson, 68, unconscious at the wheel of his Lexus after hitting two vehicles shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. He was cited for felony hit-and-run but was not booked. He was taken to a hospital.

Commerce Department spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman confirmed the information to The Times on Monday.

“Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend. He suffered a seizure,” Friedman said in a statement. “He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington.”

A Commerce official said later that Bryson had never had a seizure before and had “limited recall of the events.” He remains in contact with doctors, the official said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

To read more, visit: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/commerce-secretary-john-bryson-takes-medical-leave.html

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Karen P. says:

    One man’s “medical condition” is another man’s DUI.

  • Rattlerjake says:

    A seizure, yeah right. There is always an excuse. If he has a medical condition then he does not need to be in government, there’s enough f*cked up morons in there.

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