Rand Paul made his return to the Senate yesterday, ten days after being viciously assaulted by a neighbor in an attack that left him with six broken ribs.
Kelley and I want to thank everyone once again for your thoughts and prayers for my recovery. While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 13, 2017
The man who attacked Paul was Rene Boucher, a 59-year-old fellow doctor. Boucher initially claimed that the two had been feuding over shrubbery, and Paul was a horrible neighbor, often showing disregard for the rules of their homeowners association. He then did what any cowardly man would do, and violently attacked his neighbor unprovoked. The injuries were initially reported as been minor, or what you’d expect from a scuffle, and Boucher was only held on bail of $5,000.
The severity of the attack was initially understated by the media, and Paul’s other neighbors disputed Boucher’s “bad neighbor” claim. A number of neighbors said they believed the attack to be politically motivated.
Still, Boucher maintains his initial defense, and has even managed to make it sound more dramatic, claiming that “he hadn’t been able to sell his $740,000 house for ten years because the congressman’s trees were ‘in the way’.” Well, those must be some pretty hideous trees. It’s not likely the “I’m too incompetent to sell my (nearly) million dollar house” defense is going to win over a jury of his peers.
As Paul himself is pointing out in his first public comment since the attack, no motive would’ve justified the attack.
According to Rare, Paul stated, “From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is. I’m just concerned that I was attacked from the back and somebody broke six of my ribs and gave me a damaged lung where at least for now I have trouble speaking and breathing and now I’ve hurt for 10 days.”
Paul also confirmed that he hadn’t spoken to Boucher in decade. “My first encounter was basically being hit in the back. We’ve never had words over anything, we’ve never had a dispute or discussion or words.”
Paul said there will be a criminal prosecution in this case, and added that he is recovering as expected. Boucher has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault charges, and faces a year in prison if found guilty.
It’s interesting to note that when liberal pundits talk about President Donald Trump’s rhetoric “emboldening violent bigots” they seem to be talking about themselves.
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