BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Rand Paul was on the verge of turning into a strong senator and the nation’s main libertarian. His neighbor was a profitable physician and Kennedy-fashion Democrat who favored nationalized drugs.
They could have sparred over well being care or taxes, however an acquaintance of each stated they stood of their yards roughly a decade in the past shouting at one another over the grass clippings Paul’s mower had shot on Rene Boucher’s property.
“‘I ask him, I inform him and he will not concentrate,'” the acquaintance, Invoice Goodwin, recollects Boucher saying after the argument. “‘One among lately.'”
That day might have come just lately, when Boucher’s lawyer stated in an interview his shopper attacked Paul over lengthy-simmering disagreements between the 2 concerning the care of grass, timber and different landscaping on their adjoining properties in an unique gated group.
The account marks the primary time both aspect has provided a cause for one of many nation’s most talked-about political mysteries: What sparked the worst assault on a sitting senator in many years?
The assault left Paul, fifty four, with six cracked ribs, a case of pneumonia and briefly sidelined throughout an important debate over a tax overhaul in Washington. Boucher, fifty nine, has pleaded not responsible to a misdemeanor assault cost within the case and will but face extra critical penalties.
Federal prosecutors stated they’re investigating the case. Boucher might be charged underneath a number of federal statutes, together with one not often used provision that bars assaults on members of Congress and different excessive-rating authorities officers.
Intrigue has deepened within the weeks because the Nov. three assault as Paul and Boucher have remained largely quiet about what prompted it. Neither would remark for this text.
Into the vacuum, competing theories for the assault have been floated, like so many Washington trial balloons. They vary from the mundane, reminiscent of dangerous blood over spoiled views of a lake, to the outlandish – an Antifa plot.
Some conservative media retailers have steered the assault may need been motivated by Boucher’s liberal politics. Paul appeared to endorse that concept by retweeting the tales. Boucher, a registered Democrat, was crucial of President Donald Trump on his now-deleted Fb web page.
Paul, who gave his first TV interview concerning the assault final week with Fox Information, stated he had not talked to Boucher in 10 years, however did not say what prompted the assault. He stated it was irrelevant.
“After my ribs have been damaged then he stated issues to me to attempt to point out why he was sad however I feel the, I assume to me the underside line is it is not so essential – if somebody mugs you is it actually justified for any cause?” Paul stated.
Kelley Paul, his spouse, additionally penned an op-ed for CNN, casting doubt on the concept landscaping or anything Paul did had prompted the assault. She stated any dispute existed solely in Boucher’s “troubled thoughts.”
“It’s extremely hurtful that some information retailers have victimized Rand a second time as he…