The horrific church massacre in Texas grabbed the nation’s attention over the weekend, relegating the contemptible and vicious assault of Sen. Rand Paul to an auxiliary position. It is anything but minor.
To recap: The Kentucky Senator was wearing headphones and mowing his front lawn when his next-door neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher came onto his property and according to the state Troopers who responded to the scene, “intentionally assaulted” Sen. Paul.
The Republican senator, 54, suffered five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures and bruised lungs. Originally reported as “minor injuries,” the extent of his condition was clarified by his senior advisor, who released a statement saying,
“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life threatening injuries such as far more serious, hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”
Boucher, a Democrat, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault after he tackled Paul from behind.
In Kentucky, fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor in which a person intentionally or wantonly causes physical injury to another person. It is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine. Felony assault charges are dependent on the extent of a victim’s injuries. Boucher could face additional charges because assaulting a member of Congress is a federal crime.
Assailant Boucher, 59, a retired anesthesiologist and pain specialist and Sen. Paul, an ophthalmologist, have been neighbors in a gated community for 17 years.