Whatever prompted a neighbor to do a blindside tackle on Senator Rand Paul in his own yard and slam him into the ground? What was originally reported as minor injuries turned out to be very serious instead. Five broken ribs and a lacerated lung is on the serious side.
The reason for this attack is still in the mystery column. There are two speculations that are out there for debate. One speculation is that the neighbor, Rene Boucher, was politically driven. The other that it might be some yard or property line dispute. here is what is known so far.
As Written By Adam Beam and Bruce Schreiner for WAGU:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul does not know why a longtime neighbor tackled him in his yard and broke five of his ribs, sidelining him from the Senate, a close friend of the lawmaker said Tuesday.
Rob Porter, who says he has known Paul for 20 years, visited the Senator on Saturday just one day after the attack. He said Paul was mowing his yard and had stopped to remove a limb when 59-year-old Rene Boucher, Paul’s neighbor for 17 years, tackled him from behind, slamming him to the ground. Porter said Paul was wearing ear protection and did not hear Boucher coming.
For days, mystery has swirled around what led to the assault, from Washington, D.C., to the high-end gated community where both men live. Rumors spread in the community that the attack was stemmed from a festering neighborhood dispute about lawn debris. But Porter said in all the years he has known Paul, he has never heard him mention Boucher or any type of yard issue with his neighbor.
“Rand doesn’t really have any interaction with the guy. If there was a dispute, I do believe Rand wasn’t aware of it,” Porter said. “I have been to their house socially and for a variety of reasons for going on 20 years, I’ve never heard (Paul) mention (Boucher), good or bad.”
The FBI is investigating the assault to see if it was politically motivated. Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, said the attack had “absolutely nothing to do” with politics but was “a very regrettable dispute” that was “trivial.” He would not elaborate, saying he needs to “do my due diligence” before offering specifics about the……..
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