Here's a quick follow up to the bizarre incident last week in Kentucky. Senator Dr. Rand Paul was out mowing his yard when his neighbor, retired anesthesiologist Dr. Rene Boucher, assaulted him without provocation. The senator was wearing sound cancelling ear protectors at the time and did not see or hear his attacker coming. In the melee, Sen. Paul suffered five rib fractures, pulmonary contusions, and facial lacerations.
What is so strange about this is that the two have been neighbors for years. They both practiced at the same hospital in the past. However the two have not spoken to each other in years. Though they had very different political leanings, other neighbors discount the idea that political ideology played a role in the fracas. According to Jim Skaggs, the developer of the community and who lives nearby, "They just couldn't get along. I think it had very little to do with Democrat or Republican politics. I think it was a neighbor-to-neighbor thing. They just both had strong opinions, and a little different ones about what property rights mean." In other words, "Stay off my lawn!"
Dr. Boucher is currently being charged with fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor. Based on the severity of the senator's injuries, the prosecuting attorney may upgrade that to a felony. Somehow I think there is still more to this story than what is being discussed so stay tuned.