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US commerce secretary resigns after seizure and car crashes

FILE - In this February 23, 2012 file photo, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson speaks about privacy at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. Bryson says he is resigning after suffering a seizure earlier this month in the Los Angeles area. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 21, 2012 - 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson says he is resigning after suffering a seizure this month connected to a pair of car crashes in the Los Angeles area.

President Barack Obama says in a statement that he has accepted the resignation.

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

Bryson earlier had transferred his duties as secretary to Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank.

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