Rand Paul Allegedly Attacked By Neighbor Over Landscaping Dispute

Rene Boucher
Boucher's home

Rene Boucher Boucher's home

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that an arrest warrant said Paul told police his neighbor came on his property and tackled him from behind Friday, forcing him to the ground.

Boucher, a 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist, now faces a misdemeanor charge for fourth-degree assault. Paul has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to passing the Republican answer to the Affordable Care Act, adding another wrinkle in his complex relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Paul's neighbor got arrested after he allegedly assaulted the Senator while he was mowing the lawn of his Kentucky home - in an attack that left Paul with five broken ribs. Paul's office said the 54-year-old senator was "doing fine" after minor injury.

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"The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas", he added. "It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial".

It is unclear when the former 2016 presidential candidate will be able to return to work in Washington.

Mr Paul is recovering from five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs and is in "considerable" pain, a spokesman said.

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"This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force", Stafford said in an email to The Associated Press. Boucher lives next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records. Boucher was charged with fourth-degree assault and released on Saturday on $7,500 bond. Rand Paul in their neighborhood in Bowling Green, Ky.

The statement by Rene Boucher's attorney notes Boucher and Paul were two physicians who worked together when they were practicing, according to CBS News. He sold his invention on QVC, the home shopping channel.

The Daily Caller noted that Boucher had been a registered Democrat and shared a post from his Facebook page "citing left-wing academic Noam Chomsky's criticism of the Republican party". Rand Paul on Friday may soon face more serious criminal charges because the Kentucky Republican is suffering from several rib injuries, law enforcement officials said Monday.

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U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating the incident because assaulting a member of Congress is a federal crime.

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