When Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) was randomly assaulted by his neighbor of 17 years, anesthesiologist Rene Boucher, over the weekend, his communications director downplayed the incident, insisting that Senator Paul was “fine.” Initial reports indicated that the two neighbors had an ongoing conflict over “landscaping” issues. As it turns out, though, the tussle may have been less about landscaping than about politics. Not only that, Paul’s injuries are much more serious than originally reported.
In a sucker move, Boucher attacked Paul on Saturday, November 4 from behind as Paul dismounted from his riding lawnmower while still wearing earplugs. The assault broke six of Paul’s ribs and resulted in a “pleural effusion,” or a fluid build-up in his chest. The senator may not be able to return to Congress for several weeks.
Boucher has been charged with a misdemeanor, but his charge could–and probably should–be upgraded to a felony, considering the extent of Paul’s injuries and the fact that he attacked a U.S. senator. Moreover, the assault may have been politically motivated, according to the Washington Examiner. Boucher made his hatred toward Trump and the GOP quite plain on his Facebook page, where he expressed the hope that Robert Mueller “fry Trump’s gonads,” among other such sentiments.
A number of Paul’s neighbors–seven, to be exact–have further undermined the “landscaping” claim by issuing public statements in defense of Paul to the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” column. In those statements, they praise Paul and his family as excellent neighbors who keep their lawn immaculately, and they express bafflement at the motive behind the attack.
At this writing, the good doctor Boucher has pled “not guilty” to the fourth-degree assault charge he’s facing. His lawyer maintains that the dispute was over a “trivial” matter. Speculation continues to grow, however, and the FBI is said to be looking into whether any federal laws were violated. With patience, the truth will likely out.