Update: Rand Paul went to Twitter on Wednesday to provide his supporters with a medical update. Apparently, he has 6 broken ribs, rather than 5, as was originally reported by the media.
New details have emerged by NBC News on the recent Rand Paul assault. Apparently, it is now known that Rand Paul was wearing headphones while he was mowing his lawn in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was then, as he was listening to music and mowing his lawn, that his neighbor approached and attacked him from behind.
After being attacked and tackled from behind, Rand Paul was able to throw Boucher, his neighbor, off him. As would be expected, they then exchanged nasty words with each other.
According to NBC News, the two have avoided talking to each other for several years now, and have been next-door neighbors for 17 years. They were once both prominent members of the local medical community and worked together as practicing physicians.
They have also had disputes over their property line involving a creek behind the lawmaker's house where Paul's sons would sometimes play. When the two have spoken, it was usually when Boucher, a left-liberal, would yell at Paul about his politics.
On Friday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was mowing his lawn. Suddenly, he was blindsided by an attack that resulted in multiple sustained injuries, including five ribs that are now cracked, bruised lungs, and pain bad enough that Paul is unable to fly on an airplane for a considerable amount of time. This means that Paul's injuries are far more severe than initially reported.
The attack took place shortly after 3 pm local time on Friday when Paul's neighbor tackled him to the ground. On Saturday, initial reports claimed that Paul had a minor injury. Paul's Senate office initially reported that the senator was doing fine, but the description of Paul's injuries above, which came to light after the incident, display that Paul is severely wounded and suffering from considerable pain.
According to Vanity Fair, this could potentially upend the tax-reform debate in Congress — something that Paul was very critical in. Paul was considered to be a potential holdout on the bill. And given the slim majority that Republicans have in the Senate, whether or not he voted on the bill was expected to perhaps determine whether it passed or failed.
According to online records, Boucher was released on a $7,500 bond on Saturday. He faces a court date on Thursday. And it is expected that further charges might be brought, given the severity of Paul's injuries.
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