A top House Republican is criticizing President Obama's decision to tap John Bryson to serve as the next commerce secretary.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, of California, on Tuesday noted Bryson's involvement founding the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group that advocates for green energy.
"With gas prices at nearly four dollars a gallon, it's certainly eye-catching that President Obama has nominated a founder of an organization that opposes efforts to increase domestic oil production to serve as the nation's key advocate for our economic interests," Issa said. "The nomination of John Bryson to lead the Department of Commerce seems deeply out-of-touch with our current energy challenge."
The NRDC in a statement praised the Obama's choice of Bryson, who they called "a visionary leader in promoting a clean environment and a strong economy."