Getting attacked in your own home must be one of those things that would take a long time to cover from physically and a long time psychologically. The attack of Rand Paul was absolutely sickening.
The injuries sustained by Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul after an attack from his allegedly socialist next-door neighbor are more serious than originally thought, The Washington Post reported Sunday night, and a timetable for his return to the Senate is as of yet unknown.
Paul was attacked Friday at his home in Bowling Green. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Rene Boucher, 59, is being charged with fourth-degree assault for the incident, which happened within Paul’s gated community.
The arrest warrant for Boucher seemed to paint the incident as fairly straightforward: Boucher, another resident of Paul’s gated community, came onto Paul’s property as the senator was mowing his lawn. He tackled him from behind, forcing him into the ground.
While the warrant acknowledged Sen. Paul had facial injuries and breathing problems due to an injury to his ribcage, the fact that Boucher was only charged with fourth-degree assault and released on $7,500 bond made the whole thing seem bizarre but trifling.
However, reports that began to emerge Sunday night indicated that the senator’s condition was far more serious than was initially let on.
Aides to the senator reported that he has five broken ribs — three of which are displaced fractures, which means the bone has been pulled out of its original alignment — and bruises to his lungs.
“This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying,” Doug Stafford, Paul’s chief of staff, said. Stafford wouldn’t elaborate on whether one or both lungs were bruised, but he said that recovery from the injuries sustained in the attack could take months.
He also noted that “Senator Paul and Kelley appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon.”
Jim Bullington, a former member of the Bowling Green city commission, knows both Paul and Boucher. He described Boucher — who, like Paul, is a doctor — as a socialist.
“He’s pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way,” Bullington said, noting that the neighbors had “heated discussions.” He also added that Boucher, an anesthesiologist, is a big fan of nationalized health care; Sen. Paul has been one of the loudest voices against the current health care regime.