Commerce secretary resigns for health reasons
June 21st, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Commerce secretary resigns for health reasons

Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, telling President Obama he's doing so for health reasons, according to a statement obtained by CNN.

Read the resignation letter (PDF)

Bryson was under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after allegedly causing two car accidents in California. A Commerce Department spokeswoman said that Bryson, 68, had suffered a seizure when the two accidents occurred Saturday.

Obama has accepted his resignation, according to a statement released by the White House.

His statement in full is below:

Last night I accepted the resignation of John Bryson as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. 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.

As Secretary, John fought tirelessly for our nation’s businesses and workers, helping to bolster our exports and promote American manufacturing and products at home and abroad. John has proven himself an effective and distinguished leader throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, from his success in the business world to his work leading on issues in the renewable energy industry. I am grateful that he brought that invaluable experience and expertise to my administration, and am pleased that he has agreed to continue supporting our efforts to strengthen the economy and create good jobs by serving as a member of my Export Council going forward.

I am confident that Dr. Rebecca Blank will serve the American people well as Acting Secretary and that the Commerce Department staff will continue their tireless work putting forward policies that help our workers and businesses compete.

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  1. Pete

    @Richard,would you like Pres.Obama to appoint a slimey,corrupt ,racist corporate goon like republican Issa,God help us all if he did!!

    June 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thomas

    Trying to revive commerce and increase trade, while your boss tries to destroy the private sector would make anyone sick.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Only in your world does your Reaganistic trickle down your neck economy work,remember Bushs crack at it,it didn't work either,but it made Bush and Cheney rich didn't it!!At tax payers expense!!

      June 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary

    I think all of them should resign. There isn't any of them without a reason. Voters can just start over and make all positions with term limits. With term limits only the ones willing to change their lives for a short time would run...

    June 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anna

    Next up Biden – for health reasons of course :~

    June 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. *#%@&!u

    ??? How so?

    June 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DeAndre

    why didn't any one practices this kind of over site during bush

    June 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • NavyAirVet

      Because nobody ran into the same car twice, ran from that scene and rammed another car like this guy did! It was a Kennedy that crashed into the columns (barricades) outside the Congress and was also under the influence of drugs. They took him home and covered that up too. He later declined to run for office, just as this guy, in shame!

      June 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Hit and run DUI's are costly.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken in MD

      Yes they are. Luckily he was not intoxicated at the time of the accident. He'd had a siezure. Know the facts.

      June 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chicago

    Something stinks with the whole event and how it was handled. How can CNN call itself a news organization and not investigate? There is obviously more to this story, every non-political person I know agrees that their BS detectors are all screaming. Yet nobody releases and investigative report. Reminds me of the Edwards mistress cover up.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    I wonder if this had anything to do with the terrible employment numbers?

    June 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken in MD

      No, because that would be Labor, not Commerce.

      June 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Don

    My father had seizures when I was a child and NEVER did he have one and.....hit someone, step out of the car and apologize, get back in the car and drive off while hitting them again and then proceed to go hit someone else!! The guy was obviously drunk or high on something. Please someone throw the BS flag and stop riding the medical card on this one, Obama and all around just look silly. When can I have a president that will 'step up'? Bush didn't, Obama can't......NEXT!

    June 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rep

    The last administration had a total of 42 resignations. This one is something like 15 at most. (Actually the list I found totaled 13, including Bryson.)

    Good morning. Glad you're finally awake.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. drlindagalloway

    Some of the comments made regarding Secretary Bryson's condition reveals the glaring ignorance of the uninformed and the unexposed. The most common reason for a new onset seizure disorder is tumor. There's a possibility that he has a tumor in the brain. I really miss the compassion Americans used to have. Reading some of these comments is sickening.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert E. Lee

    He Quit today because he knows his Boss- Barack Hussein Obama will get FIRED in November.

    Why wait around and sink with the ship. Get off while you can. NOW.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dreamer96

    Bush had a gun carrying, lawyer shooting VP..and never asked him to resign...

    June 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WDinDallas

    Oh boy! An academic appointed Commerce Secretary. That should put us in a depression by the end of summer.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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