BREAKING: Reports Reveal Why Rand Paul Was Assaulted

November 6, 2017

BREAKING: Reports Reveal Why Rand Paul Was Assaulted Gage Skidmore / CCL

It seems the attacks on conservatives aren’t just confined to the walls of the Capitol.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was assaulted at his Bowling Green home on Friday in an incident that left the Republican congressman with five broken ribs. Original reports cited neighbors as saying that Paul and Boucher had an ongoing feud, but the Daily Wire now reports that the FBI told WNKY TV, a local news channel that the assault was “politically motivated.”

The FBI has announced an investigation, but so far has not publically confirmed the motive. Paul’s assailant, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, is a registered Democrat.

Political Motivation

Boucher, who is reportedly an anesthesiologist, has a Facebook page that makes it clear his contempt of the GOP.

According to The Daily Caller:

On May 17, Boucher posted, “May Robert Mueller fry Trump’s gonads,” a reference to the former FBI director’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Boucher also shared several posts from the leftist Facebook page “Occupy Democrats,” including an image that includes a quote from Noam Chomsky that reads: “The Republican party is the most dangerous organization in world history.”

There were reportedly no comments specifically criticizing Paul that could be seen on Boucher’s page.

The Attack and the Aftermath

Boucher, who is Sen. Paul’s neighbor, reportedly rushed the congressman while he was mowing his lawn. The assailant pounced when Paul, who was wearing ear plugs at the time, stepped off his riding mower.

It was originally reported by one of the senator’s spokeswomen, Kelsey Cooper, that Paul was “blindsided” but “fine” and would be returning to work shortly — but it was revealed on Sunday that the congressman’s injuries were worse than previously believed.

The 54-year-old senator “has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures,” according to his senior adviser Doug Stafford. “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.”

The Associated Press reported that the displaced fractures could be “life-threatening.”

With more severe injuries, Boucher’s original charges of fourth-degree assault could be escalated, according to local attorney Amy Milliken. Boucher is currently being held at Warren County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond.

Taking It In Stride

For his part, Paul has characterized the entire attack as an “unfortunate event,” and taken the assault in stride.

Senator Rand Paul on Twitter

Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

 

According to adviser Stafford:

Senator Paul and Kelley appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon.

Our best wishes for swift healing go out to Sen. Paul and his family.


Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton is a writer based in Boston. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic Magazine and The Daily Caller. He has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Vermont and Bachelors degrees in English Literature and History from West Virginia University.