Conservative group's comedic #fail, apology
June 11th, 2012
11:53 AM ET
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Conservative group's comedic #fail, apology

(CNN) – American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, apologized on Twitter Monday after using the social messaging site to suggest Commerce Secretary John Bryson was intoxicated when he was involved in a weekend traffic accident outside Los Angeles.

A Commerce Department spokeswoman said Monday Bryson had suffered a seizure.

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Originally the group tweeted, "How does @CommerceSec have 3 car crashes in 5 minutes and alcohol NOT be involved? #Skills."

The tweet does not currently appear on the group's page, but a screengrab captured by ABC News indicates the message was originally posted at 8:02 a.m. Monday.

A follow-up message posted at 9:11 a.m. reads: "Earlier Bryson tweet with hashtag #skills attempted levity (before facts known) and failed miserably. We took it down and regret the tweet."

Bryson was issued a citation at an area hospital after sustaining minor injuries in the Saturday accidents. Authorities must still decide whether to formally file any charges.

A preliminary alcohol screening of Bryson was negative, a spokesman for the San Gabriel, California, police department said, and results from a blood alcohol test were pending.

The Commerce Department indicated Monday the secretary had suffered a seizure.

"Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend," said a statement by Commerce Director of Public Affairs Jennifer Friedman. "He suffered a seizure. He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington. The investigation is ongoing."

According to a Commerce official, Bryson was on personal time with no security detail when the accidents occurred and was driving his own vehicle. The official, who spoke to CNN on condition of not being identified, said Bryson was given medication to treat the seizure.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Shardik

    "How does @CommerceSec have 3 car crashes in 5 minutes and alcohol NOT be involved?"

    How is that comment "levity?" Further evidence conservatives have no sense of humor.

    June 11, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. RINO Bil

    So a car accident caused by a Democrat is deemed to be a jocking matter. These people are sad, but disgusting.

    June 11, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Larry L


    Sorry. This is not a seizure. He had a conversation with people and reentered the car. Hit and run is not a seizure. He wouldn't have been allowed on an airplane immediately after.
    Hate has no limitations... Turn off Fox News and think. Conservatives have become under-educated, delusional drones to the talking-points of hate-media. This man had an accident exactly like one a friend of mine experienced about 11 months before he died of brain cancer.

    June 11, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. John

    Karl Rove Is just like any other Republican , the are all way lying about something.

    June 11, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Textbook example of how the Rove machine makes up its' own facts as they play their dirty political games.

    Wake up, people. Do you really want that type of person back in the White House? Look at what happened the last time he was there. Remember?

    June 11, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Publius Novus

    Has McConnell asked for a special prosecutor yet? I think we need a multi-million dollar investigation to determine if there is a coverup at the Commerce Department. (Before Romney closes it down.)

    June 11, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    That original message was not "an attempt at levity" and they know it. It was a calculated attempt to smear and discredit.

    June 11, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Buckeye

    Karl Rove #liar #nopology.
    Way to pick 'em GOPers

    June 11, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. ljd

    "before facts known." The modus operandi (m.o.) of the Tea/Republican Party.

    June 11, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    When Republicans are caught red handed telling lies, it is brushed aside as a joke, mispoke, misquote, and anything else except the truth. They made it up with malicious intent, and tried to pass it off as fact for their own personal political gain.

    June 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Kevin

    How does one have multiple car crashes without hit and run charges? The rest of us would be crucified. I guess some of us are just more equal than others.... dont tell me your are part of the 99%

    June 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Steve Obama-HOUSTON

    Unless you are a medical professional, I don't think people should inject their personal "feelings" into this discussion. It is possible to have a seizure, feel fine, talk and then have another seizure. Partial (Focal) Seizures are a type that can occur without the loss of memory. They are able to talk, maintain their memory and guess what...DRIVE! So please educate yourself before you try to speak on someone's condition. Everything is not political people.

    June 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. stevetall

    This is what passes for politics in the Karl Rove world. This serious clown should be in jail for his role in the Bush White House. Why does anyone listen to or donate to this horrible human being?

    June 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Frank

    Time for Issa to hold the Commerce Secretary in contempt for having a seizure.

    June 11, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Thomas

    i just wish they would in force the legal slander law .And hold the individual party of the phone texting responsible.

    you can't sue Twitter over heresay , unfortunately.

    I didn't realize how many paid GOP post here using different names. They don't post on the weekends because they are not working and so there not paid for posting top propaganda.

    CNN should do a survey on the GOP disinformation .

    I don't think tweeting is a reliable form of communication in regards to policy.

    it makes politisions look like wannabe rockstars.

    June 11, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. WhereIsPalin

    A little levity, huh? Are they going to let us know when they are actually serious?

    June 11, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Mitt

    The GOP is just a bunch of hateful people. What happened to compassion?

    June 11, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. cali girl

    The GOP clown car is all about comedy.

    June 11, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Luke Brown

    Hasn't this country been damaged enough by Rove & company?

    These people are fulled with hate. Facts don't matter to them. This is a joke to them.

    June 11, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Well I certainly hope the police have pulled his license and told him not to drive until he is cleared medically. He's lucky he didn't kill somebody.

    June 11, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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