Will the often heartless GOP and the Romney campaign team pounce on another misfortune from the Obama administration, seeing it as out of control with the recent accident by U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson in the same way it charged Obama with being “out of touch” with his comment that the “private sector is doing fine”?
In this increasing raw and brutal election season all is fair, and it should come as no surprise if the Romney camp finds some way to make sport of Bryson’s seizure that caused him to hit three cars in a hit-and-run accident Monday in California.
It was bad enough last week for the Obama administration with his words taken out of context during his brief press conference on the economy; a report that the unemployment picture remains glum with only 69,000 jobs added in May; the Democratic setback in Wisconsin with the recall of Gov. Scott Walker coming up empty. And for the first time on the campaign trail, Romney brought in more money in the latest report.
When the Bryson accident was first reported the focus was mainly on the fact that he had hit and run. Now apparently he suffered a seizure and was discovered unconscious in his car after the third collision.
But you count on the Romney camp to use some aspect of this to keep the pressure on, seeking any advantage it can and without any consideration for mercy or fair play.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident, and Bryson, 68, is doing about as well as the private sector.
“We’re obviously concerned about the incident, about the health-related issues that played a role in this incident,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
A breathalyzer test was administered to Bryson and there was no detection of alcohol use. He was also given a blood test but that toxicology report will come later.
At the moment no charges have been filed against him.