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US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

Rand Paul was more seriously injured than previously reported in an attack by his neighbor at Paul's Bowling Green home on Friday. Rand Paul of Kentucky, authorities said Saturday. "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", Stafford said.

Paul has toiled in the Senate for more than 6 years.

In a statement Sunday, Paul's chief of staff, Doug Stafford, spoke of the altercation and explained that Paul's injuries included five fractured ribs, three of which are partly or completely cracked.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has five rib fractures and lung contusions as a result of an apparent assault Friday by a neighbor at Paul's home in Bowling Green, a spokesman for Kentucky's junior senator said Sunday. 'This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force.

McConnell told reporters in Kentucky "it's potentially a challenge" any time a Republican senator is absent from the Senate. He has a court date scheduled for Thursday.

Paul reportedly told police that Boucher tackled him from behind.

He also had cuts to his nose and mouth and trouble breathing because of his rib injuries, according to NBC News.

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The FBI is also investigating to see if the assault is politically motivated. The two had previously been seen having "heated discussions" about political issues, including healthcare.

An automated phone system at the jail did not provide access to lawyer information for Boucher.

It is believed Boucher is an acquaintance of Paul's.

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Boucher is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist who developed a product called Therm-a-Vest.

Rene Boucher has been charged with assaulting Sen.

Boucher applied for a patent for the vest in 2003 and has marketed it through the QVC shopping channel.

The two men had not spoken in several years and a rift between the pair possibly stemmed from Boucher's distaste for Paul's politics, as well as those of his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a source said.


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