Sen. Paul heads back to D.C. af­ter as­sault

The Palm Beach Post - - OPINION: THE DEBATE STARTS HERE -

Repub­li­can U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Mon­day he is re­turn­ing to Washington fol­low­ing an at­tack in his yard that left him with six bro­ken ribs. Paul was at­tacked Nov. 3 while mow­ing his lawn, au­thor­i­ties said. Robert Porter, Paul’s close friend of 20 years, said the se­na­tor had got­ten off his rid­ing lawn mower to re­move a limb when he was tack­led from be­hind. Porter said Paul was wear­ing ear pro­tec­tion, so he did not hear the at­tack com­ing. Po­lice charged Rene Boucher with mis­de­meanor as­sault. Boucher pleaded not guilty last week in Bowl­ing Green. Boucher and Paul have been neigh­bors for 17 years. Boucher’s at­tor­ney said the at­tack was not moti- vated by pol­i­tics, but “by a dis­pute most peo­ple would find triv­ial.” He has not elab- orated.

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