Man charged with assaulting Kentucky Republican senator Rand Paul

Rene Boucher

Rene Boucher

The Kentucky State Police said that Rene Boucher of Bowling Green had assaulted Paul, causing a minor injury. Senator Paul and Boucher share a corner adjacent to their homes. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Rand Paul of Kentucky, authorities said Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) was assaulted at his home in Kentucky on Friday afternoon.

Politico reported, citing the arrest warrant, that Paul was tackled from behind, and that "Boucher's altercation with Paul left the senator having difficulty breathing as a result of a "possible rib injury" in addition to bleeding from cuts around his mouth".

Police released few details about the assault or what led to the confrontation between Paul and the 59-year-old suspect arrested in the incident.

According to records obtained by WAVE 3 News, he graduated from the University of Des Moines Osteopathic Med & Surgery.

An address on file with the county lists Boucher as living in a gated community just east of Paul's home in Bowling Green.

He's also a registered Democrat. It is valued at $740,000. He is being held at Warren County jail on $5,000 bond, state police said. Given this information - and the fact his victim is a sitting GOP senator - police are investigating this incident to see whether or it was a politically motivated attack, similar to the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise over the summer.

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