Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Rand Paul, said Wednesday that since her husband was attacked by a neighbor earlier this month, he has felt pain every time he breathes. He also rejected reports that the incident stemmed from an ongoing dispute.
The Kentucky senator suffered six broken ribs when he was allegedly attacked from behind by Rene Boucher on November 3, according to state police and Paul. Boucher has been charged with a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, and his lawyer said he was not motivated by politics and that "it is a messy playground."
Paul's wife wrote in a commentary posted on CNN on Wednesday that neither she nor the senator had spoken with Boucher in 10 years.
"The only dispute" existed only in the troubled mind of the attacker, until, on a beautiful autumn day, he ran down the hill on our property and hit his body in the lower back of Rand while standing looking away, using headphones noise canceling to protect his ears from the lawn mower, "he wrote on CNN.
Kelley Paul said that since the attack, Paul has had pain while breathing and that "he has not had a single night of uninterrupted sleep for long periods of shortness of breath or unbearable cough."
Boucher and the Pauls have been neighbors for 17 years, said Boucher's lawyer.
Another neighbor, Alicia Stivers, told WKU Public Radio of Western Kentucky that she spoke with Rand Paul shortly after the incident and said something about the effect of "when he got up, Rene was just screaming something about I've been trying to sell my house for 10 years, and um, you know, your … your trees are on the road. "
Kelley Paul said that reports in the media about a possible ongoing dispute and that Paul has been a less than perfect neighbor were "incredibly hurtful."
Boucher pleaded not guilty and is free on bail, Boucher's lawyer, Matthew Baker, declined to comment on Kelley Paul's comment on CNN on Wednesday.
Baker said earlier this month that "it was a very unfortunate dispute between two neighbors over an issue that most people would consider trivial," and that "we sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these Two gentlemen can get back to you r neighbors as quickly as possible. "