This US Senator was attacked by his anesthesiologist while mowing the lawn
When Donald Trump's top spokespeople were talking about the Bowling Green Massacre, perhaps they were actually gazing into the future at Rand Paul's future. Senator Rand Paul, the son of former US congressman Ron Paul, was beaten severely over the weekend. He "has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures". The 54-year-old suffered a "type of injury [that] is caused by high velocity severe force. 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."
Basically, the Senator is severely injured due to an absolutely bizarre personal attack that occurred in his own yard, with his own neighbor. That's the most curious part about it - Rand Paul is a physician, and his neighbor is an anesthesiologist. The two have presumably gotten along well enough for years - until now. At his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Paul was assaulted and battered horribly while mowing his lawn.
To understand what happened, picture yourself on an unusually sunny November day in Kentucky, in a suburb, mowing your green front lawn peacefully. Suddenly, your neighbor, long an agreeable fellow, rushes onto your property and begins brutally assaulting you. He pummels you so badly in your own lawn that your vision must fade, losing sight of that blue sky, and your eyes haze over and you take catastrophic injury. Five of your ribs splinter and break. Your lung bruises, turning a deep purple inside your chest.
Now, you know what it's like to be Rand Paul right now. The Associated Press reports that this kind of rib and lung battery "can lead to life-threatening injuries." According to The Washington Post, "there is no indication that the attack was political in nature."
Rene Boucher, Paul's 59-year-old neighbor and a fellow physician, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and is out on a tiny sum of bond money, a mere $7,500.
“Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” Tweeted out Rand on Sunday morning. Apparently an optimist, he has described the bloody encounter as "an unfortunate event".
Matthew Baker, a lawyer for Rene Boucher, said:
“The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas. It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial. We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible.”
After Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball game this summer, attacks on politicians seem to be becoming more commonplace, though in this case there appears to be no political motive. The assault of a congressman by his next-door neighbor isn't even the biggest news or the most bizarre/frightening thing to happen this entire weekend.
What a time to be alive.