Sen. Rand Paul's injuries far more severe than initially thought

Posted November 07, 2017

Rand Paul was more seriously injured than previously reported in an attack by his neighbor at Paul's Bowling Green home on Friday. Rand Paul causing the senator to break ribs and potentially miss key votes said it had "absolutely nothing" to do with politics. "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", Stafford said.

Only later did it emerge that Paul suffered more serious injuries.

"Senator Paul has five rib fractures including 3 displaced fractures", Stafford said in a statement emailed to the Daily News by Paul's staff.

U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating the incident because assaulting a member of Congress is a federal crime.

The charge is a misdemeanor, but Kentucky State Police spokesman Jeremy Hodges told Fox News "it is up to commonwealth prosecutors" whether Boucher's charges could change to a felony, depending on the severity of Paul's injuries. Stafford said this type of injury is marked by severe pain that can last for weeks to months.

Paul's absence could cause scheduling issues for home-state colleague Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell told reporters in Kentucky "it's potentially a challenge" any time a Republican senator is absent from the Senate.

Paul and Boucher also had a previous disagreement about a property line involving a creek behind the lawmaker's house where Paul's sons would sometimes play, the source added. He had trouble breathing because of a rib injury, the warrant said.

Boucher was released from jail on Saturday.

It is believed Boucher is an acquaintance of Paul's. He invented the "Therm-A-Vest", a cloth vest partially filled with rice that when heated can be worn to relieve back pain, according to a 2005 article from the Bowling Green Daily News.

Matthew Baker sent a statement to The Associated Press on behalf of his client, 59-year-old anesthesiologist Rene Boucher.

Boucher applied for a patent for the vest in 2003 and has marketed it through the QVC shopping channel.