Rand Paul back in the Se­nate, walk­ing gin­gerly af­ter as­sault

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - NEWS - By Richard Lard­ner and Adam Beam

Walk­ing gin­gerly, Sen. Rand Paul re­turned to the Se­nate on Mon­day fol­low­ing an at­tack in his yard that left him with six bro­ken ribs.

The Ken­tucky Repub­li­can cast votes with his arms at his sides, find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ex­e­cute the cus­tom­ary Se­nate step of rais­ing a hand and sig­nal­ing yes or no. He sim­ply ex­pressed his de­ci­sion to a Se­nate clerk be­fore chat­ting briefly with sev­eral sen­a­tors.

As Paul ar­rived in the Capi­tol, a smil­ing Sen. Marco Ru­bio, R-Fla., ex­tended his hand to Paul, but he de­clined to shake it, in­di­cat­ing even that mi­nor mo­tion would cause dis­com­fort.

“While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be re­turn­ing to work in the Se­nate to­day, ready to fight for lib­erty and help move for­ward with tax cuts in the com­ing days and weeks,” Paul posted on his Twit­ter ac­count ear­lier in the day.

He de­clined to an­swer re­porters’ ques­tions about the as­sault.

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 Paul’s neigh­bor Rene Boucher with mis­de­meanor as­sault. Boucher pleaded not guilty last week in Bowl­ing Green and could face more charges. The FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing to see if any fed­eral laws were bro­ken.

Boucher and Paul have been neigh­bors for 17 years. Boucher’s at­tor­ney said the at­tack was not mo­ti­vated by pol­i­tics but “by a dis­pute most peo­ple would find triv­ial.” He has not elab­o­rated.

Some res­i­dents of the gated neigh­bor­hood where Paul and Boucher live have spec­u­lated the at­tack was prompted by a long-sim­mer­ing lawn care dis­pute be­tween the two men. Paul’s se­nior ad­viser Doug Stafford has de­nied the two men had a dis­pute of any kind, say­ing Paul had not had a con­ver­sa­tion with Boucher in years.

“This was not a fight, it was a blind side, vi­o­lent at­tack by a dis­turbed per­son,” Stafford said in a state­ment last week.

Boucher’s at­tor­ney, Matt Baker, said it ap­pears Paul has hired a per­sonal in­jury lawyer, which could mean he is plan­ning a law­suit. Paul’s of­fice has de­clined to com­ment on that.


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ar­rives on Capi­tol Hill in Washington, Mon­day. Paul en­tered the cham­ber, hands by his sides, to cast a vote. Paul was at­tacked Nov. 3 while mow­ing his lawn, au­thor­i­ties said.

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