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Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence


As Twitchy reported earlier today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was involved in two separate automobile accidents in Los Angeles County on Saturday.  The accidents were apparently the result of a seizure (or seizures). Tonight Secretary Bryson reportedly informed President Obama that he will be taking a medical leave of absence, effective immediately.

More details:

From WH @PressSec stmt on Sec. Bryson leave of absence: "President's thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time."

— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) June 12, 2012

Deputy Commerce Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank, effective immediately, becomes Acting Secretary of Commerce.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 12, 2012

More WH: "Secretary Bryson assured the WH .. the Commerce Dept staff will not miss a beat in their work helping America’s businesses”

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) June 12, 2012

More Jay Carney statement: "The President’s thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time."

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) June 12, 2012

Twitter reaction:

Hopefully Bryson gets the medical help he needs to get healthy again. Scary stuff. Lucky no one got hurt.

— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) June 12, 2012

Commerce Secretary taking medical leave. The bizarre way the White House handled this situation raises many questions.

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) June 12, 2012

If Bryson really is epileptic I really don't like the message this sends. Epileptic people can lead full, normal lives.

— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) June 12, 2012

With Rebecca Blank taking over, can we all just pretend everyone already made the "Friday" jokes and move on?

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) June 12, 2012

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