Tea Party Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, was tackled while mowing his lawn by a neighbor Rene Boucher. In the altercation, Sen. Paul received broken ribs and a bruised lung. The incident, which seemed to come out of nowhere apparently stemmed from Boucher growing increasingly frustrated with Paul's sloppy landscaping methods.
Boucher, who awaits sentencing on a local level after striking a plea deal, is now being charged with a federal crime for the same charge.
Josh Minkler, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana“Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” Minkler said in a statement. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.”
Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana said:
“Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously. Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.”
The assault case was also investigated by the FBI office in Louisville. Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess added.
"Just as we are committed to protecting the American people, the FBI will not tolerate violence directed against members of Congress. Those who choose to assault any federal official are certain to face serious consequences."
Boucher is facing up to 10 years as well as a fine of up to $250,000.
Paul, who once famously said,
"Decisions concerning private property and associations should in a free society be unhindered. As a consequence, some associations will discriminate. … A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination — even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin."
has been a strong proponent for a dramatically smaller federal government especially when it comes to social programs helping the poor, minorities and the elderly. In his 2016 run for president, he submitted a plan eliminating federal government programs such as Department of Education, and Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. He also introduced privatizing both Social Security and Medicare. His plan also planned to cut the State Department by 27% which oversees the FBI.
Apparently big government is a big burden when helping the poor, but if your neighbor takes issue with your lawn, well you better call the FBI.
I thought libertarians didn't want the federal government involved in such matters. This federal case is going to cost $$ out of the Treasury that IRS collects. And Paul wants to eliminate IRS. Irony?— HugoBEvidence-Based (@HugoBGood) January 20, 2018
weird how they had to charge him with that but not what normal people would be charged with for tackling and battering someone. because paul is in congress it's illegal?— christopher p. luz (@christotampabay) January 20, 2018
Oh the irony that rand paul wants to press federal charges against his neighbor. He hates the federal government until it's convenient for him. 🙄— Lance Morsell (@LanceMorsell) November 10, 2017
Different rules for different lives.