New Details on Rand Paul Assault: Sneak Attack, Possible Political Dispute

Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. was reportedly attacked while he mowed the grass at his home in Bowling Green. He's seen here in Washington after playing golf with President Trump last month

Sen. Rand Paul was hospitalized on Friday after an altercation with a neighbor. He is also suffering from lung contusions caused by the broken ribs, could face a several months long recovery. "Our arresting officer will submit his completed case report and then the prosecutors will make a decision about whether to upgrade those charges".

One of the Facebook pages used by Boucher says that he is graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines who is a former U.S. Army pain management specialist and in 1984. He was released from jail after posting $7,500 bail Saturday night. Boucher allegedly tackled Paul from behind and forced him to the ground, according to the arrest warrant. It did note that Boucher and Paul have been next-door neighbors for 17 years, and said that the two, both physicians, had worked together when they were both practicing.

It is believed Boucher is an acquaintance of Paul's.

"We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbours as quickly as possible", Baker added.

A news release from Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green said troopers were called to the Paul residence at 3:21 p.m. Friday.

"We are working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law", Habich said.

In addition to his broken ribs, Paul suffered small cuts to the nose and mouth area. Boucher is under court order not to have any contact with Paul, his family or offices, or procure any firearms or any kind of weapon, the Post reported, according to Warren County-provided bond paperwork. Rand Paul's absence while recovering from an assault in which his neighbor is charged creates another challenge in what's become a daily "Maalox moment" while trying to keep together his slim Republican majority.

Boucher's motivation in the attack is unclear, although some are linking his liberal beliefs (which he often shared on social media) to the crime, saying it may have been politically motivated.

Boucher is a registered Democrat, according to the Daily Caller.

"It appears that Boucher's assault of the Republican senator is another instance of political violence prompted by the climate of hate that has been fostered by the Democratic Party", wrote John Hinderaker on the conservative blog Powerline.

Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges said he could not release details of the assault because of security issues.


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