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