Thursday, June 21, 2012
Commerce Secretary Bryson Resigns Following Auto Crash Spree In L.A.
I have to admit, I expected this:
Commerce Secretary John E. Bryson has resigned, WTOP has learned, but will continue serving in an advisory role to the president.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Bryson, 68, says he chose to give up his cabinet position following a "recent seizure and medical leave of absence."
The secretary was involved in two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area in early June as a result of a seizure, the government said.
"I have concluded the seizure that 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 the leadership of the Department," Bryson wrote in the letter to the president.
As I wrote earlier, Bryson's behavior after the first accident, for which he was cited for felony hit and run was not that of someone who had suffered a seizure but of someone panic fleeing to avoid being caught at something. His being found unconscious at the scene of the second accident was more likely the result of a seizure brought on by stress after the fact.
I'd be willing to bet even money that he'd had seizures before. People get their driver's licenses yanked when they first have seizures and Bryson was probably driving without a license. He fled when he was involved in the first wreck where he rear ended another car to avoid being caught.
Bryson is quite wealthy, and I'm sure he had his lawyers make a suitable financial settlement with the victims involved in exchange for their not pressing charges or cooperating with any police investigation. Since no one was seriously hurt, the felony charges will almost certainly be dropped, especially since the local D.A. hasn't filed formal charges yet on a wealthy and influential local man.
Meanwhile Bryson took a 'medical leave of absence' to get the story off the front pages and give his people time to get this sufficiently handled, put in his resignation and everyone's reasonably happy.
Manus manum lavat, one hand washes the other.