Skip to comments.White House won't say whether Bryson is fit to serve
Posted on 06/11/2012 11:31:54 AM PDT by sunmars
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined Monday to say whether Commerce Secretary John Bryson was fit to continue serving after a weekend incident.
"We're obviously concerned about the incident. We're obviously concerned about Sec. Bryson's health issues," Carney told reporters.
Bryson was given a felony hit-and-run citation on Sunday, after striking a vehicle in the Los Angeles area and driving away. He was involved in a second accident a few minutes later, and first responders found him unconscious on the scene. Commerce Department officials said Monday that Bryson suffered a seizure and that no drugs or alcohol were involved.
"He has been an effective commerce secretary since he has been confirmed," Carney said, but would not answer questions about his fitness to continue in office or whether his health was involved in the vetting process.
According to Carney, White House chief of staff Jack Lew called Bryson Monday. The White House said that President Obama did not call Bryson.
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Well, there’s one hospital diagnosis report that’s gonna be ‘edited for clarity’.........nope, no booze here.
I guess it’s a small ray of hope that at least one czar isn’t driven everywhere by limo.
Let’s not stoop to Karl Rove’s level. Other threads offered quite informative speculation re seizures, diabetes, etc.
I'll go with the seizure until I know better.
I’m not stooping to anything. Unless the informative speculation from these other threads conclusively prove Bryson had a seizure, etc., then I don’t want to hear it.
It is not above (or below) this administration to jiggle and wrench the truth, either with outright lies, obfuscation or stonewalling (I submit one Eric Holder as proof). I won’t even go into the birth certificate stuff, or the Selective Service stuff, the Social Security number stuff, et al.....nothing is as it seems with this media and administration.
As a diehard environmentalist, he was just trying to destroy his SUV before it destroyed the planet.
Wonder if it was a hybrid.....
FoxNews has been reporting that he did have a seizure. He evidently does have a history of some sort along these lines. They reported that he was medicated, stabilized, and released.
The guy may be a douche-bag, working for this administration, but I’m not convinced this is something we should try to capitalize on.
If someone on our side had a medical emergency, we would view rather dimly the Left’s attempt to take them down for it.
My only question here, is was he complying with the law concerning driving and his tendency to have seizures once in a while? If he was not in compliance with driving guidelines, or had received special treatment, and avoided having his license revoked, he should answer for it, and anyone else who was involved too.
The plot thickens.............
Got this off another blog.
House Republicans are broadening their probe of the Department of Energys largest solar-loan guarantee. Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters to the White House and BrightSource Energy Inc., the loan-guarantee recipient, asking for e-mails and other documents related to the $1.6 billion deal. (snip)A second letter from the committee asks the White House to turn over all internal communications related to BrightSource, including with the companys investors and with utilities set to buy its electricity. It also asks for an explanation of how Commerce Secretary John Bryson, BrightSources former chairman, was vetted for his current post.
“Commerce Department officials said Monday that Bryson suffered a seizure and that no drugs or alcohol were involved. “
Rather like Breitbart ?
You know, if ObamaCare was already in effect, this would not have happened... just sayin’...
Well, there goes THAT investigation!!! Issa will back down on this because of the SEIZURE.
At least this one did not get flown into a mountain.
Laws are for 'little people'.
If he was not in compliance with driving guidelines, or had received special treatment, and avoided having his license revoked, he should answer for it, and anyone else who was involved too.
Uhhhmmmm... local police, the prosecutor, a judge, the myriad of politicians in his state, lawyers, his staff,the media, the President ?
Oh well, we can all dream.
“The guy may be a douche-bag, working for this administration, but Im not convinced this is something we should try to capitalize on.”
If this represents a new medical condition my prayers go with him. If this is a previously diagnosed condition of epilepsy, seizures or fainting , it is against California law for him to possess a valid driver’s license. The law is so strict that if the treating physician did NOT report it to the DMV, the doc could lose his license. One of my best friends is a neurologist and he has had many instances where sweet little old ladies have come off the exam table clawing at his throat when he tells them they can no longer drive.
He, like all the administration, is privileged. The facts are what they tell us.
Dead men tell no tales.
I agree with you. In fact, I expect to see some problems surface related to his history and the physicians who may have let him slip by. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this yet. He may in fact be found to be a real bad character by the time this is done. We’ll see.
Bullshit. Resignation coming..."for health reasons".
Actually, I was thinking of his physician. He is supposedly taking medication for his problem. His physician should have known the implications. That’s where I’d be going to get more information.
If as I suspect, his doctor didn’t follow proper guidelines, his license may be in jeopardy. This guy’s license should certainly be forfeit after this. I think it’s highly suspect that he still has one.
I agree that we have seen that sort of thing. In this instance, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of it yet. I suspect Obama will dump him before more is known. In the end, I think this guy may be revealed to be driving when he clearly knew he shouldn’t have been. We’ll see how it plays out.
...he smashes into the Buick, gets out, talks to the people in that car, then jumps back into his car, takes off - side-swiping the Buick. Then he smashes into another car and leads police on a goose-chase before stopping and passing out? Wouldn't a normal person's brain - knowing they have health/seizure problems - decide to stay out of the car, lie down, ask for medical assistance? None of this adds up.
I am thinking that this former Chairman of BrightSource doesn’t want to face the music and was trying to do himself in.
I honestly think you could view this pretty much as you would someone sleep-walking. He may have been functioning on a lower level, completely unaware consciously of what he was doing.
When I had my tonsils out as a kid, I was causing all sorts of trouble for the staff in the recovery room, as if I was awake. I seemed quite lucid. I remembered none of it afterwards.
Hitting the primary car again, is a pretty good indicator this guy was not operating on all cylinders. When they found him after the next impact, he was unconscious.
I’m sure this will be investigated, and I think the guy will have to answer for his medical condition and if he was taking enough precautions to make sure this type of thing didn’t happen.
It would be interesting to see how this plays out. I think he’s going to pay for it in a number of ways.
That is not entirely true. From the California DMV:
Medical probation Type II
Medical probation Type III
Seizure typeMedical probation Type III is for drivers who have achieved six or more months of control, but due to contributing factors there is a slight possibility of another seizure. Medical probation Type III requires the driver to report, in writing, on a regular basis to the department on the status of his/her disorder.
Seizure, medical and lifestyle history
The seizure-free period prior to the last episode
Thanks. Nice post. Sort of causes me some concern about folks who may be out there who may blank out at any moment. Probation only, after three months? Wow.
Three months and two days and you’re toast...
You're welcome, D1 and thanks. I agree it's a bit worrisome.
Also I wonder how forthcoming drivers are from other States and countries who also drive in California.
Yes, that’s a point of interest to be sure. Are the pass-through new residents honest? In this day and age, I doubt it.
Brightsource DOE Funding Exposes Obama Cronyism
Solar company BrightSource Energy received an even bigger loan guarantee from DOE than Solyndra did. In April 2011, the company received $1.6 billion for its Ivanpah project in Californiamore than triple the size of Solyndras loan guarantee of $535 million! BrightSources CEO, John Woolard, claims that at its peak, the project would create 1,400 jobs. That would amount to $1.43 million for every job created.
Thanks for the mention. I appreciate you and others mentioning how things work on these matters. I didn’t know some of the finer details.
Okay. It is just so easy to be cynical with them. It is usually right but we’ll
see I guess.
Well, it’s sure easy for me to be cynical. I hear ya. Hey, take care...
What, was the car on cruise control, with a perfectly aligned suspension, identically inflated tires, on a perfectly level and straight road? Plus, with an impact from the first crash that somehow did not transfer momentum to his car and cause him to veer? Too much of a stretch for me to give the benefit of the doubt.
Sleepwalking and seizures are completely different phenomena. With sleepwalking, you are unconscious but your lower brain functions can still perform basic tasks, and even complex tasks that you do habitually, such as going to the bathroom, going up/down stairs, even preparing and eating food, or having a simple conversation.
With a seizure, it is like an electrical storm happening in your brain’s neural pathways. There is no portion of the brain that is not affected, so there is no possibility of continuing on with any kind of voluntary, non-random behavior.
I agree with your comments. They are different, but then I never said they were similar events. The only commonality is that you don’t remember what you did when you wake up.
Even that may be somewhat off base. You may remember bits and pieces of what takes place when you have the seizure. None the less, it will be very hard to convict this guy for something he did when he was diminished like this.
The real fertile ground IMO is if he was not entitled to drive at the time of the event. Another angle might be if he was given preferential treatment, and allowed to drive when he shouldn’t have been driving.
Did he have a valid license that didn’t have stipulations?
Did his physician skirt the law?
Did they collude to skirt the law?
“None the less, it will be very hard to convict this guy for something he did when he was diminished like this.”
Ok, that covers the initial crash maybe, but that’s it. If he was out of his car, talking, walking around, then he wasn’t having a seizure, anymore at least. He certainly wasn’t having a seizure when he fled the scene.
I know what you mean, and I’m not certain what his mental state was.
One significant indicator for me is that when he pulled away from the first car, he actually hit it again. This clearly wasn’t a guy firing on all cylinders.
I can see a guy with bad intent trying to flee the scene, but if he was coherent, it would seem to me he would have at least avoided the first car, so he wouldn’t hit it again.
Then to hit another car a few moments later... and when the police arrived he was unconscious. I think the guy was having a somewhat extended event, and operating on the subconscious level.
I may be wrong.
“I think the guy was having a somewhat extended event, and operating on the subconscious level.”
I’ve had a few of those myself. It’s called an alcohol-induced blackout :)
There you go. Shhhh, I won’t tell. Ha.
I think the overall effect may be similar, but I’m not sure of it. I asked one guy here who admitted to having this type of problem, but he hasn’t responded.
Do people suffering from Petite Mall seizures remember what took place during them? I’m not sure.
Well, according to NIH:
“Immediately after the seizure, the person is usually:
Unaware of the seizure”
So, if they are usually unaware, then I think they probably don’t remember what was happening.