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Bryson resigns as Commerce Secretary

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Obama has an opening in The Cabinet.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, saying he doesn't want recent seizures he has been experiencing to become a distraction. 

Police in San Gabriel, California, found Bryson, 68, unconscious on June 9 behind the wheel of his Lexus. He had hit two cars, one of them twice. Bryson was hospitalized overnight, and tests showed no drugs or alcohol were involved.  The Commerce Department says two days later Bryson suffered a seizure and took a medical leave. 

President Obama says in a statement that he has accepted the resignation and thanks Bryson for the "invaluable experience and expertise" he brought to the administration.         

Bryson had been Commerce Secretary since October.         

Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank is now acting commerce secretary.

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