Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has finally broken his silence about the attack that left him hospitalized with broken ribs, and said that surprisingly his attacker even stuck around to try and talk after knocking him to the ground.
“After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy, but I think the, I guess to me the bottom line is, it isn’t so important. If someone mugs you, is it really justified for any reason?” Sen. Paul told the press. He also said that he had been facing downhill, with his back to his assailant, and was wearing noise-canceling headphones to protect his ears from the loud sounds of his lawn mower when he was tackled.
“I never saw him, never had a conversation. In fact, the weird thing is I haven’t talked to him in 10 years” Paul continued. “And really nobody deserves to be attacked, you know? The kind of attack I got was kind of like what you would get from a motor vehicle accident. I mean I had six ribs broken, and you rarely see that even in an assault …. I’ve gone through weeks and weeks of struggling to get my breath.”
The Senator did not elaborate on what, exactly, his attacher Rene Boucher, said to him as he lay there on the ground, but his story supported a similar one released earlier from Paul’s wife, which also stated that the family had virtually no interaction with Boucher. This flies in the face of the argument put forth by Boucher’s defense team, which maintains that the attack was the result of a long-running feud between the two neighbors that had finally reached its boiling point. Feud or not, however, there is no excuse for this kind of behavior.
Boucher pled not guilty in court earlier this month to a fourth-degree assault charge. He faces up to a year in jail if he is convicted and is due back Nov. 30 for a pretrial hearing. Sen. Paul, for his part, has already returned to Capitol Hill and says he is eager to vote on the upcoming tax reform bill.
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