Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky was assaulted by an irate neighbor on Friday as the senator mowed his grass. While peacefully enjoying the chore at his home near Bowling Green, Rene Boucher assaulted Paul, breaking five ribs.
The 59-year-old attacker was charged by Kentucky State Police with intentional assault, causing minor injury. Local law enforcement told reporters that Boucher was charged with one count of fourth degree assault and taken to Warren County Detention Center where he was held.
A neighbor who witnessed the attack explained that Paul was outside mowing at around 3:00 p.m., when Boucher lost all reason and control, launching himself onto Paul. The neighbor explained that Boucher’s house shares a corner with the senator’s, and they may have an ongoing feud.
“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said in a statement to reporters. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”
Voting records show that Boucher is a registered democrat, big surprise, right? Which political party thinks acts of violence on personal property or people is acceptable? Which one excuses riots and advocates for the “resistance”?
It comes as no shock to be told that Boucher, who ran up behind Paul and blindsided him, suffers from the mental disorder of liberalism. Many of these people operate from an internal set of rules and guidelines that have absolutely zilch related to reality or legality.
Senior Adviser Doug Stafford explained to reporters that it is unclear when Paul will return to work because he is in “considerable pain” and has difficulty moving around. Stafford added that this type of injury is characterized by severe pain that can last for weeks to months.
“This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force,” Stafford said a statement to Fox News.
According to the arrest warrant, Paul said that Boucher came onto his property and tackled him from behind, dragging him to the ground. The senator had breathing trouble, due to the broken ribs.
“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Senator Paul does have lung contusions currently,” Stafford explained.
On Sunday, Paul’s office reported that he was feeling okay. Paul, and his wife Kelley said, they “appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon.”
Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 5, 2017
Police have not released any information about the motivation of the attack. However, Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges said the FBI is checking to see if the attack was politically motivated. FBI spokesman David Habich confirmed that the agency is aware of the incident and is “working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law.”
Jim Skaggs, a member of the state’s Republican Party executive committee, is another neighbor who has known both men for years. He told reporters that the two men disagreed politically.
“They were as far left and right as you can be,” Skaggs said. “We had heard of no friction whatsoever other than they just were difference of political opinion. Both of them walked their little dogs at about a mile and a half circle, a nice little dog trot. I’d see them out walking, maybe they might stop and speak with each other.”
However, something must have set off Boucher. The Bowling Green anesthesiologist and pain specialist who developed a product called Therm-a-Vest, must have been triggered by something to perform such a brutal attack.
The misdemeanor charge could result in up to 12 months in jail, if Boucher is found guilty. However, Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said further charges could be brought, based on the extent of Paul’s injuries.
Boucher was arrested by Trooper Bartley Weaver and is being held on $7,500 bond. Possibly, he’ll be released sometime today, but he is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.