Rand Paul was tackled from behind by neighbor while mowing lawn

Cheryl Sanders
November 6, 2017

Though a longtime friend of Paul's said the senator is planning to return to work "at some point in the coming days", his absence from Capitol Hill as the Senate begins its contentious debate of the G.O.P.'s tax-reform bill could have unforeseen consequences. The severe pain can last for weeks or months.

A neighbor told NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville that Paul and Boucher have had ongoing problems and that the former was mowing the lawn at the time of the incident.

"Upon their arrival, it was determined that Rene Boucher had intentionally assaulted Paul, causing a minor injury", the statement said.

59-year-old Rene Boucher - was arrested by Kentucky State Police and charged with fourth-degree assault, authorities said.

A former co-worker added that Boucher and Paul may have overlapped at Interventional Pain Specialists, a clinic in Bowling Green, around 2010, when Boucher worked there as a general pain management specialist and Paul, an ophthalmologist, had staff privileges.

Mac Douglas, who lives about 100 yards away from Mr. Paul, said on Sunday that he was shocked to hear about the altercation, and that Mr. Paul and Mr. Boucher had been courteous neighbors.

Kentucky State Police says the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating to see if the assault was politically motivated.

A spokeswoman for Paul's office said in an email Saturday that the senator was "blindsided". But by Sunday, it emerged that Paul's injuries are more serious than first thought.

The New York Daily News reported that a Facebook page for Boucher contained numerous postings critical of Republican President Donald Trump.

He unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016 and is the son of Ron Paul, a former US representative from Texas. Rand Paul was with congressional colleagues near Washington, D.C., practicing his baseball swing, he escaped injury when a gunman opened fire.

The neighbors had been known to have "heated discussions" about health care, Bullington said, adding that Boucher is an advocate of a national health system.

"He hadn't really talked to his neighbour in years", Robert also said that he has never seen neighbours visiting the Paul's in all these years, Paul's no doubt is very less- interactive to people. Senator Paul and Boucher share a corner adjacent to their homes. On Sunday afternoon, nobody answered at Boucher's home.

Given the nature of Paul's injuries, the initial charges against Boucher seem fairly tame, but there is a possibility that they reflect just what the arresting officers could prove with probable cause at the time of the arrest.

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