A week ago, US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was reported to be mowing his lawn at his Bowling Green home when he was attacked by his neighbor, Rene Boucher. Paul suffered 6 broken ribs and fluid around his lungs that was extensive enough to cause him difficulty breathing.
The Senator claims the attack was a blindside while his neighbor claims it was just a neighborly dispute over a landscaping issue. Under Kentucky law, the assault is only a felony if the injury is considered serious, but for some unexplained reason, the senator’s injuries are not serious enough to warrant a felony charge.
More neighbors have testified that there was more than just a landscaping issue that caused the attack. It should also be noted that Boucher is reported to be a Democrat who differs greatly with Paul’s politics.
More of Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbors are speaking out and casting doubt on reports that a mere ‘landscaping dispute’ led to the attack a week ago that left the Republican lawmaker hospitalized with six broken ribs.
As the suspect — 59-year-old neighbor and anesthesiologist Rene Boucher — pleads not guilty to a single misdemeanor assault charge, the motive for what Paul’s office describes as a “blindside” remains a total mystery.
The New York Times initially reported neighborhood chatter suggesting a long-running landscaping disagreement led to last Friday’s attack in Kentucky.
Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, has insisted the incident had “nothing to do” with politics…
Since when are 6 broken ribs not a serious injury, especially since at least two of them were displaced enough to cause fluid and bleeding around the lungs, making it difficult to breathe? I’ve had broken ribs and fluid around the lungs and it’s very painful and can easily lead to a punctured lung or heart, both of which would be life-threatening.