On November 3, a man attacked Senator Rand Paul outside his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Over time, we have learned that his attacker was Rene Boucher, his next-door neighbor, and that Paul's injuries were more severe than initially reported. He has five broken ribs, which may require months of recovery. Boucher has all but admitted to the attack, but one thing that's still unclear is his motive. While some conservative news outlets theorized that the neighbor may have been a "socialist" who attacked Paul for political reasons, Boucher's attorney recently released a statement ruling that out.
Senator Paul and Dr. Boucher have been next door neighbors for 17 years. They are also prominent members of the local medical community and worked together when they were both practicing physicians. The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas. It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial. We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible.
The statement has left people understandably confused. Boucher attacked Paul over a "trivial" matter, but is also unwilling to say what the matter is. Boucher's lawyer also expressed hope that these two "gentlemen" could go back to being neighbors as quickly as possible, which, seems doubtful at best.
Yes yes, Rand and I had a minor dispute over an (undisclosed) trivial matter, so I broke 5 of his ribs and contused his lungs. NOPE— Corey Seymour (@speedist) November 6, 2017
“trivial” matter results in broken ribs?Sounds like rage.Neighbors again as soon as possible, depending on plea deal. Lawyers!!— pronto4wall (@prontoarancia) November 7, 2017
I know there are other, more serious problems in the world, but I’m gonna need to find out what happened here— Nafari Vanaski (@JustNafari) November 6, 2017
Competing explanations of the origins of the drama cited stray yard clippings, newly planted saplings and unraked leaves...
My husband was fixating on that lawn mower this morning. I can't wait until he gets home and hears other people saw the lawn mower as the motive!— Arabella Trefoil (@ArabellaTrefoil) November 6, 2017
It was so trivial that he attacked Paul and broke 5 ribs.— Chris Cornwell (@jccornwell) November 6, 2017
I get annoyed with my neighbors occasionally, but not tackle and break 5 ribs level annoyed. There's more to this than a neighborly dispute.— Eleanor Harvey (@Temporal_Fugue) November 6, 2017
In the meantime, Paul's office has withheld details, while also keeping the door open to prosecute Boucher, who has currently been charged with only a misdemeanor.
It is a pending, serious criminal matter involving state and federal authorities. We won’t have any further comments at this time.
Curiouser and couriouser...