On Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was at home in Bowling Green mowing his lawn when a neighbor sneaked up from behind and attacked. The assault was so vicious, it broke five of Paul’s ribs.
According to multiple reports, the senator was on his riding lawn mower in the afternoon and stepped off to check something in the yard. With earplugs in, Paul didn’t hear his neighbor, 59-year-old anesthesiologist Rene Boucher, approach. Initial reports didn’t list the injuries as that severe, however The Washington Post confirms:
Doug Stafford, Paul’s chief of staff, said in a statement Sunday that the senator has five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, meaning the bones are partly or completely cracked…
Paul has lung contusions, or bruises, caused by the broken ribs, Stafford said. He could not say whether one lung was bruised or both, but said Paul’s recovery could last several months. Such fractures can cause other significant medical problems, including internal bleeding, damage to other organs or pneumonia.
The pain is so severe, Paul can’t return to Washington and it’s unknown when he will be able to fly.
It is believed that Paul, an ophthalmologist who still treats low-income patients for free in his spare time, and Boucher may have worked in the same hospital at some point, but it’s unclear how well they knew each other. According to this picture, they lived right next to each other:
A dig into Boucher’s Facebook post reveals what we’ve come to expect from those launching these kinds of attacks: he is an angry, Trump-hating leftist whose acquaintances describe him as an “avowed socialist” and “pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way,” including being an advocate for socialized medicine. Here's a picture of the coward:
Amazingly, Boucher was released Saturday on a paltry $7,500 bond and will appear in court on Thursday. He is charged with fourth-degree assault.
Paul responded after the attack, “Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
The senator was also present earlier this year when another crazed leftist opened fire while they practiced for a charity baseball game, which left Rep. Steve Scalise severely injured. Paul was not hit in the gunfire.
It's open-season on conservatives.