Senator Rand Paul is suffering from 5 broken ribs and bruises to his lungs after he was attacked by his neighbor on Friday, November 3rd. His staff indicated that he is likely to require some recovery time before returning to work in the Senate, as his injuries are causing him significant pain and difficulty getting around.
Senator Paul was attacked near his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky by neighbor Rene Boucher. It is not yet clear what the motive for the attack was, but Mr. Boucher reportedly had left-leaning political views and posted frequent criticisms of the Republican agenda on social media, likely putting him at odds with the right-leaning, Republican senator. Mr. Boucher is a pain management specialist who once worked at the same hospital as Senator Paul, an ophthalmologist who still sees patients when the Senate is not in session. The two lived next door to one another in a small gated community in Bowling Green.
Rene Boucher has so far been charged with only fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and has already been released on bail. These may appear to be minor charges considering the severity of the injuries, but may be explained due to the fact that Senator Paul’s injuries were initially thought to be less serious than they turned out to be.
This is not the first time Senator Paul has been attacked. Earlier this year, Senator Paul survived the shooting in Alexandria, VA where James Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican politicians. Hodgkinson had a list of names of Republican lawmakers including all members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of libertarian-leaning Republican Congresspeople with views similar to that of Rand Paul.
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