Bowl­ing Green, Ky.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Se­na­tor at­tacked: Sen. Rand Paul suf­fered six bro­ken ribs and bruises to his lungs this week after be­ing as­saulted by his long­time next-door neigh­bor, ap­par­ently over a land­scap­ing dis­pute. The Ken­tucky Repub­li­can, 54, was re­port­edly mow­ing his lawn and wear­ing noise-can­cel­ing ear­muffs when he was tack­led from be­hind by Rene Boucher, a 59-year-old re­tired anes­the­si­ol­o­gist and reg­is­tered Demo­crat. Boucher’s lawyer, how­ever, said the in­ci­dent had “ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do” with pol­i­tics and was “over a mat­ter that most peo­ple would re­gard as triv­ial.” Neigh­bors said the two had long feuded over un­raked leaves and stray yard clip­pings, with Paul no­to­ri­ous for flout­ing home­own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion reg­u­la­tions. Boucher was charged with a mis­de­meanor count of as­sault and re­leased on $7,500 bail. It’s not clear when Paul will re­turn to Congress. “They just couldn’t get along,” said Jim Sk­aggs, the de­vel­oper of the gated com­mu­nity where both men live. “I think this is some­thing that has been fes­ter­ing.”

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