While mowing his yard this last Friday, Senator Rand Paul was violently tackled from behind by his neighbor, Rene Boucher, forcing him to the ground, and leaving the Senator with 5 broken ribs including three displaced fractures and lung contusions.
Senior Adviser Doug Stafford stated it’s unknown when the Senator will return to work since he’s in considerable pain. Because of his injuries he has difficulty getting around, which, unfortunately, includes flying. Stafford said this type of injury can take weeks or even months to completely heal.
A spokeswoman for Senator Paul said he was blindsided by the attack, but she would not provide any additional details of the incident. Police have yet to state any motivation for the attack. However, Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges reported the FBI is investigating any possibility the attack was politically motivated. Also, FBI spokesman David Habich has stated the agency is aware of the incident and is working with state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law.
Jim Skaggs, a member of the state Republican Party executive committee, lives in the same neighborhood and has known both men for years. He said while both men had always disagreed politically, he was surprised to hear of the incident. Mr. Skaggs stated they had, for the most part, appeared to be friendly and had even been seen talking from time to time while walking their dogs.
Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Boucher lives next door to Senator Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records. Boucher was released from jail Saturday on a $7,500 bond. His court date is scheduled for Thursday. Mr. Boucher is currently not speaking to anyone in the media, and it’s unknown if he has obtained legal representation.