Sen. Paul recovering with 5 broken ribs after assault

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An attorney for the man charged in the attack, Rene Boucher, also said Monday that the dispute had "absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas" and was merely "a very regrettable dispute between two neighbours over a matter that most people would regard as trivial".

Boucher, 59, is also a practicing anesthesiologist and an inventor who created a device called the "Therm-a-Vest" to alleviate back pain, according to a 2005 article in the Bowling Green Daily News.

Doug Stafford, Paul's chief of staff, said in a statement Sunday that the senator has five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, meaning the bones are partly or completely cracked. "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."‬.

The misdemeanour charge against Boucher applies to cases in which no weapon is involved and the victim receives minor injuries, Hodges said.

A spokesman for Paul said the injury would cause him to miss work.

A news release from Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green said troopers were called to the Paul residence at 3:21 p.m. Friday. But beyond that, details about how the assault occurred, and what might have motivated it, have been scarce.

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

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that an arrest warrant said Paul told police his neighbor came on his property and tackled him from behind Friday, forcing him to the ground.

Boucher, a doctor, was released on a $7500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, the NYT reported.

Jim Bullington, a former city commissioner, told the Post the two men often got into heated arguments about politics. Boucher lives next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records. Hodges did say that Boucher is an acquaintance of Paul, an ophthalmologist who was elected to the Senate in 2010. The charge of fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail.

It is a cloth vest partially filled with rice that is supposed to help with back pain.

In May, Boucher posted on his Facebook page about Trump "bullying" North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and an article about and Congressman Greg Gianforte assaulting The Guardian's Ben Jacobs in Bozeman, Montana.

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