Rove Super-PAC: Smear First, Get Answers Later

| Mon Jun. 11, 2012 7:32 AM PDT
US Secretary of Commerce John Bryson.

Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was involved in a series of car accidents in California on Saturday, and allegedly left the scene of one of them, Reuters and other news wires report. It's not publicly known what caused these incidents, but police have said that so far "there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collisions." That didn't stop American Crossroads, the GOP super-PAC advised by Karl Rove, from recklessly speculating. Progressive Media's Josh Dorner grabbed a screenshot of a tweet from the group (it has since been deleted):

Bryson's spokeswoman says he had a seizure, and Bryson has been released from a hospital after spending the night there. Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, has since apologized for the tweet, saying the hashtag he used "attempted levity" but "communicated poorly."

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