Breaking: Commerce Secretary John Bryson Resigns After Hit and Runs

The AP is reporting that Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned following a series of hit and run accidents that he blamed on a seizure:

President Barack Obama says in a statement that he has accepted the resignation and thanks Bryson for the "invaluable experience and expertise" he brought to the administration.

Bryson says in a letter to Obama that he is concerned his seizure "could be a distraction" from his performance as secretary and says the nation would be better served by "a change in leadership" at the department.

Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank is now acting commerce secretary. She's been performing Bryson's job duties since earlier this month.

AlterNet / By Staff

Posted at June 21, 2012, 5:34am

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