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Senator Rand Paul Attacked Outside His Home

by Alex Hearn

US Senator Rand Paul reportedly got attacked outside his house in Bowling Green at around three p.m. by Rene Boucher, a neighbor. [1]

Boucher was arrested and charged for fourth degree assault. He was taken to the Warren County Detention Center and was put on $5,000 bail. Boucher is facing up to one year in jail. Boucher and Paul reportedly had an ongoing feud about their homes.[1]

Officials at Paul’s office put out a short statement. It  says “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said in a statement to the Hill. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine,” said Cooper.

It was originally reported that Paul had suffered a minor injury. On Sunday, Paul’s senior adviser said that “Paul has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures.” He added, “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.” [2]

A facebook account that was reportedly used by Boucher contained multiple anti Trump post on it, though it was not confirmed or denied if this attack was politically motivated. [3]

Sophomore Eric Bain commented “It’s very sad what happened. Political violence is rarely, if ever a good thing. I hope he has a nice and healthy recovery.”

“I wonder if this attack was politically motivated in any way. He did have some anti Trump things on his facebook account, but that doesn’t mean he did it for those reasons” sophomore Jacob Green said.

“I hope Rand Paul gets better soon. No one deserves to have that many rib fractures” said sophomore Conor White.

Rand Paul posted on twitter “Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.” [4]