Rand Paul assaulted in home, spokeswoman says Paul ‘is fine’

U.S. Senate incumbent Rand Paul ended his campaign rally in his hometown of Bowling Green by thanking supporters. Paul is running to be re-elected for a Kentucky seat in the U.S. Senate. Paul has already served one term.

Monica Kast

A Bowling Green man was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault on Friday, following a reported assault at United States Senator Rand Paul’s Bowling Green home, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.

Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault resulting in a minor injury, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. The Associated Press reported that Boucher lives next door to Paul. 

In a statement, Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said Paul was “blindsided and the victim of an assault.”

“The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police,” Cooper’s statement continued. “Senator Paul is fine.”

According to the Associated Press, one of Paul’s senior advisers, Doug Stafford, said Paul had five broken ribs following the assault. Stafford said it is unknown when Paul will return to work because of his injuries. 

Stafford also told the Associated Press that some of Paul’s injuries included three displaced fractures, which can lead to more serious and life-threatening internal injuries. 

Boucher was released from the Warren County Regional Jail on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. 

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