US commerce secretary quits
Posted on June 23, 2012, Saturday
WASHINGTON: US commerce secretary John Bryson announced his resignation Thursday, just weeks after he was involved in a sequence of car crashes in California that were blamed on a seizure.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Bryson said he would leave the cabinet, judging his June 9 seizure ‘could be a distraction from my performance as secretary’.
“Our country would be better served by a change in leadership at the department,” he continued.
Bryson is under a felony investigation in California over the two hit-and-run incidents.
According to an account of events from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on that this evening, Bryson’s Lexus rear-ended another car as it waited at a railway crossing in the city of San Gabriel.
Bryson then spoke to three men in the damaged car and drove away, but hit their Buick again in the process.
He then drove to the city of Rosemead, where he struck a second car. — AFP