Despite what the mainstream media says, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was not a terrible neighbor, nor did he in any way deserve the vicious assault he received from Rene Boucher.
According to Paul’s wife, “hateful” reporting has twisted the story so as to make her husband partially responsible for the attack.
In an op-ed that Kelley Paul wrote for CNN, she took outlets like the Daily Mail and others to task for spreading lies about her seriously injured husband.
“It is incredibly hurtful that some news outlets have victimized Rand a second time as he struggles to recover, delighting in hateful headlines like ‘Not A Perfect Neighbor,’ and concocting theories about an ‘ongoing dispute,’ based on nothing more than speculation from an attention-seeking person with no knowledge of anything to do with us,” Paul wrote.
Also, according to Mrs. Paul, the attacker had not communicated with Paul in over 10 years.
“The fact is, neither Rand nor I have spoken to the attacker in 10 years (since before his wife and children moved away) other than a casual wave from the car. Nobody in our family has, nor have we communicated with anyone in his family. With Rand’s travel to D.C. in the last seven years, he has rarely seen this man at all.”
Some conservative media outlets have described Paul’s attacker, Rene Boucher, as a “socialist” who harbors hatred towards Paul’s libertarian politics.
Several of Paul’s neighbors in Bowling Green, Kentucky have come forward to say that Boucher was known to harangue his more conservative neighbors about health care and other “liberal issues.”
Jeff Jones, a registered nurse who worked alongside Boucher at the Bowling Green Medical Center, has characterized Boucher’s politics as “liberal.”
The Facebook account maintained by Boucher prior to the attack showed a predilection for posting anti-Republican invectives.
Given this circumstantial information, it would appear that Boucher’s attack was politically motivated. Kelley Paul believes this as well, saying that the reasons for Boucher’s assault were all in his mind.