Someone Beat the Pulp Out of a US Senator at His Home, And We Still Have No Idea Why

| JAN 2, 2018 | 11:23 PM

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On Nov. 3, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was allegedly assaulted by his neighbor while he was mowing his lawn. The attack was so serious that Paul ended up with six fractured ribs and had difficulty breathing. But we still know almost nothing about what happened and why one of the leaders of our country was attacked.

His wife, Kelley Paul, wrote an op-ed for CNN explaining just how serious his injuries were:

The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day. Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain. He has not had a single night's sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing.

As his wife, I have been distraught over seeing him suffer like this. There have been several nights where I had my hand on my phone ready to call 911 when his breathing became so labored it was terrifying.

Despite this, he refused to give in to the pain and was determined to fly back to Washington last week to do his job. As we walked through the airport returning from D.C., he was shivering with a 102.5 fever, and the next morning his internist diagnosed pneumonia in his damaged lung.

Their neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher, an anesthesiologist and former colleague, has lived in the house next door for 17 years and is the man who allegedly started the attack by tackling Paul in the yard. Many people assumed there was some kind of political motive, while others wondered if it was a feud between the two over landscaping on their property line.

However, other neighbors who have been interviewed shot that claim down, saying that the Pauls are very welcoming.

The seven neighbors interviewed by the Washington Examiner all agreed that the reports claiming it was a result of poor landscaping were inaccurate. One of them named Travis Creed said:

“The stories of a 'landscaping dispute' or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded. The reason for Mr. Boucher's bizarre attack is known only to him. Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary.”

Doug Stafford, Rand Paul's chief strategist, said in a statement:

As to reports of a long-standing dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years. The first “conversation” with the attacker came after Sen. Paul's ribs were broken. This was not a “fight,” it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention.

Police reportedly took five hours to make an arrest after they were called to the scene, and Paul did not immediately seek medical help or know how serious his injuries were.

Trooper Jeremy Hodges of the Kentucky State Police explained: “He had not been checked by a doctor. We can't arrest for a misdemeanor assault without a warrant in Kentucky unless it's domestic violence-related or it happens in an officer's presence.”

Despite all of this, Boucher pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault.

His attorney, Matthew Baker said:

“[The attack was] over long-simmering disagreements between the two about the care of grass, trees and other landscaping on their adjacent properties in an exclusive gated community.”

Boucher's attorney also referred to the incident as “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”

So what actually happened? No one really knows.

Several GOP strategists were interviewed by CNN and were perplexed over how a possible lawn argument could lead to broken ribs. But Paul and his advisers refuse to talk about any of the details.

They instead made it very clear that the matter was serious since it resulted in Paul breaking six ribs, three of which were displaced, and lung contusions, and that this was a criminal offense, which required the involvement of federal authorities.

Will we ever know what actually happened that day? It seems like we won't. Instead, it will go down as one of the strangest events of 2017.

Paul is expected to make a full recovery, and he will continue to work.

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