Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave his first-person take Tuesday on the surprise lawn attack in early November that left him with a handful of broken ribs.
Paul’s neighbor in Kentucky tackled him from behind, causing the senator to lung contusions, broken ribs and a number of other complications.
“I was working in my yard with my earmuffs on you know to protect my hearing from the mower and I had gotten off the mower, facing downhill and the attacker came running full-blown. I never saw him, I never had conversation – in fact the weird thing is I haven’t talked to him in 10 years,” Paul, a Republican, told Fox News’ Dr. Mark Siegel in his first on-camera interview since the attack.
“After my ribs were broken then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy but I think the, I guess to me the bottom line is it isn’t so important – if someone mugs you is it really justified for any reason,” Paul said.
Rene Boucher, a 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist, is Paul’s next door neighbor and the man who attacked the senator. Boucher released a statement through is attorney shortly after he attacked Paul that his actions had “nothing to do” with politics.
The senator questioned the motives behind the attack.
“You don’t really know what’s in someone’s mind … but for the most part the real question should be are you allowed to attack someone from behind in their yard when out they’re mowing their grass? Even if you dislike something about their yard,” Paul said.
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