Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was attacked at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday. It appears that the injuries are more severe than initially revealed.
Jim Bullington, a neighbor who knows both Sen. Paul and Paul’s attacker, Rene Boucher, offered up some insight to reporters. Bullington claimed that Rene Boucher leans radically Left in his politics by nature. According to The Washington Post, he described Boucher by saying, “He’s pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way.” These claims, combined with Boucher’s controversial social media posts, could paint a picture of why this happened.
The Washington Post described Boucher’s Facebook page as having plenty of information that was critical of President Donald Trump. Furthermore, there was information on his page about a Montana Republican congressional candidate who blatantly attacked a reporter before winning the seat.
Sen. Paul made his first comment on the incident Sunday. He tweeted that: “Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Doug Stafford, Sen. Paul’s chief of staff, revealed that the Senator ended up with five rib fractures. Three of these fractures are what are called “displaced fractures,” in other words, they are completely or mostly cracked.
Stafford elaborated on the situation: “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.”
As of right now, the mystery of what led to the confrontation between Sen. Paul and Dr. Boucher remains unsolved. They are both Kentucky-based medical specialists.
A doctor named David Ciochetty worked with Boucher, and described him as a “general pain medicine physician.” During a Sunday interview, Ciochetty answered questions asking why he thinks Boucher would have attacked Sen. Paul the way that he did.
“The rest of Bowling Green would like to know that, too. I was quite surprised to see this in the news,” Ciochetty exclaimed. Ciochetty was, however, able to shed some light on why Boucher quit working as an anesthesiologist.
He explained that Boucher, “told people that he sustained a neck injury and could not continue his anesthesiology duties.” Despite this news, it is still a mystery as to why exactly he attacked Sen. Paul. There is no direct evidence that the attack was politically motivated. However, some say the evidence is mounting in that direction, indicating that there may have been political undertones.
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Jeff Jones, a registered nurse who worked with Boucher, described him as being “liberal” in nature. “He was active on social media and said some negative things about the Republican agenda,” Jones added.
Sen. Paul and Boucher lived in a small gated community in Rivergreen. On the day of the attack, there were multiple people outside enjoying the weather and doing yard work. While the senator was mowing his lawn, Boucher was said to have jumped Sen. Paul from behind, pinning him to the ground. To date, authorities have not revealed a possible motive.
The hope of many is that the cause of this violent confrontation will soon be revealed and justice can be achieved.