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- Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was assaulted by his next-door neighbor on Saturday, police say. A top aide says Paul’s injuries are much worse than originally thought. Paul has five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs, and there is no timetable for his return to Congress, the aide said.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was severely injured this weekend during an altercation with his next-door neighbor, a top aide said on Sunday in a statement reported by multiple outlets.
Paul, who was a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs, and there is no timetable for his return to Washington, DC, said the aide, Doug Stafford. Police had originally characterized Paul’s injuries as “minor,” The Washington Post reported.
Police have charged Rene Boucher, 59, with fourth-degree assault.
In the Sunday statement, Doug Stafford outlined Paul’s injuries.
“This type of injury is caused by high-velocity severe force,” he said. “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.”
Paul’s recovery could take months, Stafford said.
Authorities have not yet disclosed a motive for the attack. Boucher and Paul are in the medical field in Bowling Green, Kentucky – Paul is an ophthalmologist, and Boucher is an anesthesiologist.
Jeff Jones, a registered nurse who worked with Boucher, told The Post that Boucher’s politics were “liberal” and that Boucher “was active on social media and said some negative things about the Republican agenda.”
Paul was on the field during a Republican congressional baseball practice in June where a gunman wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, but was not hurt.