There’s been a lot of speculation behind why Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was violently attacked by his neighbor last week.
According to The Washington Examiner, Sen. Paul sent out a tweet dismissing that the attack was motivated by a “landscaping dispute.” The tweet links an article stating “The Bowling Green, Ky., neighbor who allegedly attacked Sen. Rand Paul last weekend, causing six broken ribs, was aggressively anti-Trump and anti-GOP in his social media, calling for the impeachment of the president and urging Russia investigator Robert Mueller to ‘fry Trump’s gonads.’”
Last week, Sen. Paul was mowing his lawn with earbuds in when he was suddenly tackled by his neighbor Rene Boucher. The attack broke several of Sen. Paul’s ribs according to a medical update he tweeted out yesterday. “I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion.”
The allegations that the fight was regarding lawn care came from statements made by the gated community’s developer and Boucher’s lawyer, according to The Hill. Jim Skaggs, the developer, stated “They just couldn’t get along. I think it had very little to do with Democrat or Republican politics.”
Mathew Baker, Boucher’s attorney, released a statement saying: “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.”
Yet Sen. Paul seems to believe the attack was politically based, as do many of the neighbors.
Neighbor Robert Warner said Sen. Paul’s lawn was so nice he wished he could hire the senator to do his. “The Paul’s landscaping looks just like everyone’s place in Rivergreen,” Warner said. “Wish I could get him to cut my lawn. As a friend, neighbor and senator, Rand has been first class in every way. What I find amazing is the fact that he cuts his own grass. Our neighborhood is fortunate that the Paul’s live here.”
Travis Creed said he wouldn’t speculate on the reasons behind the attack, but dismissed the idea it had to do with landscaping. “The stories of a ‘landscaping dispute’ or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded,” Creed said. “The reason for Mr. Boucher’s bizarre attack is known only to him. Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary.”
Neighbor Alicia Stivers, who served for four years on the neighborhood association, was stunned by the assault saying there have never been reported problems between the two. “I have never heard Sen. Paul speak an unkind word about anyone, let alone become physically violent,” she said. “Which makes it all the more shocking that a next-door neighbor of many years who has not so much as exchanged an email or spoken word with Rand in several years, would race downhill and pummel Rand from behind.”
The numerous statements from neighbors, and Sen. Paul himself, seem to indicate that the attack wasn’t about lawn care and had to do with Boucher’s political issues with Sen. Paul. It’s hard to imagine that Sen. Paul is negligent in regard to his lawn care when he was attacked while mowing it.
Likely, this has to do with Boucher’s hatred of President Trump and Sen. Paul’s Republicanism. It’s sad that a grown man would attack another man from behind over an issue as insignificant as political differences, and claim the vicious assault was because of lawn care.