John Bryson, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, caused two car accidents and fled, according to police reports. First, he rear-ended a car with three people, who were waiting for a train to pass on Saturday night. He initially stopped and spoke to the men in the car, then allegedly left the scene, hitting the car again as he drove off. The men followed Bryson and called 911. They were treated for minor injuries.
Later, he hit another car in Rosemead that was driven by a couple. It is unclear if he was still being followed by the initial hit & run victims. Police found him unconscious and still in his vehicle. They brought him to the hospital, where he remains. Reportedly, initial testing shows that he was not on drugs or alcohol at the time of the accidents, but the behavior he displayed was decidedly bizarre.
Who is John Bryson?
Bryson is a founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization that describes itself as:
"the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals."
Bryson was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2011 and was also briefly the Chairman of BrightSource Energy, a company that received a 1.6 billion dollar loan in April 2011.
The company is under investigation for the intense lobbying push that helped them to secure the largest loan given to a green energy company, after being reported by the Wall Street Journal last week. The "intense push" by the company to get the taxpayer money included the "hiring a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden to lobby the administration, according to federal records and people involved in the approval process." The company also warned the Obama Administration of "potential embarrassment" if the loan was not processed.
Regarding the investigation, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said "given the challenges facing the country, we wish House Republicans showed as much zeal for creating jobs or growing the economy as they do for these tired partisan fights."
The local news reported that John Bryson was sworn in "after easily overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job." Hopefully Mr. Bryson is going to be feeling better soon, as it seems as though he, as well as BrightSource Energy, will be under scrutiny in the days and weeks to come.