Paul recovering from 5 broken ribs — APNewsBreak

Paul recovering from 5 broken ribs — APNewsBreak

Police are calling it assault - and many people are trying to figure out why Paul's neighbor, a fellow medical doctor, might allegedly have attacked him with enough force to fracture five ribs. Kentucky State Troopers said the neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher, "intentionally assaulted" the senator. It did note that Boucher and Paul have been next-door neighbors for 17 years, and said that the two, both physicians, had worked together when they were both practicing.

The charge of fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor and he could face up to a year in prison. He had trouble breathing because of the rib injury, the warrant said.

"It requires serious physical injury in order for someone to be charged with a felony", Hodges said.

The state police investigation remains open and active and the formal police report on the incident has not yet been filed with county officials, Hodges said. He has not returned a call seeking comment. Baker didn't immediately clarify his statement, and a number listed for Boucher went unanswered on Monday.

He may not return to the Senate for months.

"They were as far left and right as you can be", Skaggs said.

Boucher and Paul live in a gated community in Bowling Green, according to the Warren County property valuation administrator's website. "Senator Paul is fine".

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In addition to his broken ribs, Paul suffered small cuts to the nose and mouth area.

According to online records from the county jail, Boucher was released on a $7,500 bond on Saturday after spending almost 24 hours in the facility. He acknowledged that his 52-member majority caucus isn't "always totally in lockstep".

"We're thinking about him and hoping he'll recover quickly and be able to come back to the Senate very soon", McConnell said while in Kentucky.

Voter records from March 2017 show Boucher registered as a Democrat.

Boucher's motivation in the attack is unclear, although some are linking his liberal beliefs (which he often shared on social media) to the crime, saying it may have been politically motivated.

"It appears that Boucher's assault of the Republican senator is another instance of political violence prompted by the climate of hate that has been fostered by the Democratic Party", wrote John Hinderaker on the conservative blog Powerline. He previously covered Congress and national politics.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

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