Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was the victim of an assault at his home in Bowling Green, Ky. The senator's office confirmed on Saturday that the assault occurred on Friday afterhnoon. In a statement, Paul's office said that the suspect is now in custody. “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” said Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the senator. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police.” She said, “Senator Paul is fine.”

Paul reportedly suffered five broken ribs and has difficulty breathing. He has received life-threatening displaced fractures. Suffering severe pain, Paul may be absent from the Senate for several weeks. Kentucky State Police responded to a call at 3:21 p.m. on Friday. According to news reports, Paul was mowing his lawn and was "blindsided" by the attack. He was not hospitalized immediately. 

Records from Warren County Regional Jail indicated a suspect in custody under a similar name: Rene Alan Bousher. The latter is held in custody in lieu of a $5,000 bond as of Saturday, according to the jail’s website. The suspect has been charged with 4th degree assault.  He will next appear in court on November 9. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, local property records show that an address for the suspect is located next door to the senator's home. In the past, they were known to walk their respective dogs together. Witnesses attest that they have divergent political views. Boucher is an anaesthesiologist and inventor.

An investigation continues. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating and seeking to determine whether the alleged assault had a political motivation, according to the state police. Sen. Paul was acquainted with the suspect, according to state police.

The 54-year-old Sen. Paul has been Kentucky’s junior senator since 2011. In 2016, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican party's presidential nomination. His father, Ron Paul, is a former presidential hopeful and U.S. Representative of Texas. Sen. Paul was one of a number of Republican lawmakers who survived a shooting this year in which a leftist fired shots at congressmen and senators playing baseball in Virginia. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was severely wounded but survived the melee. The The shooter, James Thomas Hodgkins (66), died after being shot by police. He injured two police officers and two civilians.

Rene Boucher (a.k.a. Rene Bousher)



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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