Sen. Rand Paul’s Assault Injuries More Serious Than First Reported: Five Broken Ribs, Lung Contusions

CNN reports:

Republican Sen. Rand Paul has five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures and lung contusions, after an assault in his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a senior adviser told CNN.

Paul sustained what were initially reported as “minor injuries” after a neighbor allegedly assaulted him in his home Friday. Kentucky State Troopers said the neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher, “intentionally assaulted” the senator.

The motive for the alleged assault is unknown, but assaulting a member of Congress is a federal crime and could likely result in severe charges including felony assault or assault of a member. Both Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating the incident.

  • misterjack

    Rene should’ve snatched the wig for the win.

  • Dagoril

    Yikes. Had bruised ribs once after a sledding mishap in junior high. Wouldn’t wish that on anybody. Not even this douche.

    • GayOldLady

      I fell a few months ago and pulled the muscles around my ribcage, left side. Wow, was I in pain. I’ve had rib injuries before but the spasms that go with rib injuries are wicked.

      • TuuxKabin

        With all due respect, dollingk, is that the twerkin’ excuse you offered up? /s oxo

        • Joe in PA
        • GayOldLady

          Nope…..I fell when I got my Nike Flip Flop tangled in the vacuum cleaner cord. It’s long been the joke in my family that I’m a walking accident looking for a place to happen because I’ve had some major injuries from falls. I fell down a flight of steps in my 30’s and fractured 8T vertebrae, partially tore my diaphragm muscle and tore a muscle under my right shoulder blade. I tripped down a flight of steps in my 40’s and broke my left foot. I fell on the ice in my late 40’s and fractured my right arm and wrist and had to have surgery to repair, including screws in arm and I had wear a fixator for a couple of months. I’ve broken toes, fingers and sprained my ankles more times than I can count. Now I have osteoporosis, so I try hard to be careful, but I keep the Wife/Nurse nearby just in case because I know it’s just a matter of time. 🙂

          • whollyfool

            Omg, glad you are in one piece now!

          • yes b’y

            WOW! glad you’re ok

          • GayOldLady

            Thanks, I’m fine.

          • Paul Ohbehr L

            Ditto it. I’m glad you’re okay, Gay Old Lady.

          • Remind me to never precede you down any staircases…Right behind you GOL 😋

          • GayOldLady

            🙂 Of course!

          • Richard, another Canuck

            I got your back there GOL. Ever think of tai chi? It will improve your balance and bone density gor starters. I swear by it having practiced it gor 24 years now…

          • GayOldLady

            I think I’m too far gone to start anything like that, but thanks for the suggestion.

          • clay

            Honey, stop falling!

          • GayOldLady

            You sound like my wife.

          • netxtown

            Please don’t tell me your nickname is ‘Bones’. “)

          • TuuxKabin

            Oh dollingk. You describe el HubCap as danger magnet. You’re fall prone. I hope it doesn’t continue.

            For some reason this song comes to mind, how he’d let grandma fall on him, to avoid injuries:


          • GayOldLady

            Sweet thank you for sharing

      • Joe in PA

        Hmmm, rib injuries before? I’m guessing from your feather-weight boxing days. Just saying. 🙂

        • GayOldLady

          That was Middle Weight!

          • clay

            (and proud of it, apparently)

    • Buford

      I’ll withhold judgment until we hear what prompted the neighbor to beat Rand up… it might be somewhat justifiable, even if it’s illegal and distasteful.

    • TuuxKabin

      Too late. /s

    • Joseph Miceli

      I’ll wish it for you.

  • GayOldLady

    You know this sounds more like a domestic dispute than a political dispute. I can’t wait to hear the reason why this man assaulted Rand. From what I’ve read they were casual acquaintances and I believe neighbors. There’s something rotten going on here. Any bets?

    • Adam King

      Rand Paul + rotten is a sure bet.

    • Buford

      Same here… sounds personal, not political. The neighbor is apparently a wealthy physician, so it’ll be interesting to see what prompted him to kick Rand’s ass.

      By the way, unless we hear differently, that’s what this was. Rand wasn’t attacked… he got his ass kicked. Not condoning it… just saying.

      • GayOldLady

        If I had a medal I’d pin it on the ass kicker!

        • Buford

          LOL. I’ll wait until we learn the details before I celebrate, but until then I refuse to characterize this as an attack or assault. Rand just got his ass kicked.

      • MonochromeMouse

        I’ll condone it, whatever Rand did to get his ass beat he 100% deserved it and the only issue for me with all this is the beating wasn’t worse.

        • gaycuckhubby


          • MonochromeMouse

            Hell yes I’m serious, the man is known for being an abrasive dick in public, there’s no way he didn’t earn his beatdown.

      • Lover’s spat is what they’re saying 😋

        • Buford

          Rando likes the ruff-stuff…?

        • greenmanTN

          If it’s on the internet it must be true!

      • Longpole

        I wonder if trump will pay the neighbors legal expenses like he said he would do at his rallys last year?

    • KCMC

      NSA FBuddies for $10.

      • Joe in PA

        You forgot to present that in the form of a question. Sheesh. 🙂

    • james1200

      Did Paul do something to upset him? Was he asking for it by wearing something revealing? I’m just asking questions here…

    • Todd20036

      Spurned lover.
      I just like that meme

      • GayOldLady

        I know you’ve spurned a lot in your day. 😉

      • I read it on the internet so it must be true…

    • Ben in Oakland

      He told him he wasn’t Randy any more, and that he was no longer anyone’s bitch, except for the Koch’s and the NRA.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I’ve heard his daughter was involved with Rand’s son.

      Bet you that someone refused to pay for an abortion.

      • GayOldLady

        🙁 This will be interesting.

    • Joseph Miceli

      As I wrote above, I hope it is because the neighbor discovered Rand attempting (unsuccessfully!) to sodomize his 12 year old son.

    • gaycuckhubby

      A couple neighbors said the two of them argued over healthcare often. But I think Rands office will already have put out a statement if that were the case. The fact that we’re not hearing anything about this makes me think it was a domestic disturbance.

      • perversatile

        ”The fact they were not wearing anything makes me think it was a domestic disturbance.”
        There, I fixed it for you

    • Gest2016

      Paul was sleeping with this guys wife, and plucking her muff hair to replenish his wig.

  • canoebum

    I’d bet real money the arrogant prick mouthed off to his neighbor just one too many times…and got what he deserved.

  • Blake J Butler

    There is expected to be a higher than normal surge from black voters as a result of Charlottesville.

    I’ve seen two articles like this, i hope i’m right, and hope that nothing from that vile, selfish bitch brazile didn’t have any impact to make one of the top tickets dilute democratic turnout.

    • Tomcat

      But before that can happen there will be a massive crackdown on black people to check them for wants and warrants.

    • skyweaver

      I live in Virginia and baby JEEzus I want the Dems to win and win big. Charlottesville was such a shitty shitty thing

      • FAEN


        • skyweaver

          Fairfax. Do you live in VA?

          • FAEN

            Sorta DC/Arlington at the moment.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Us too. This link on 18 competitive districts says major gains are certainly possible, and while taking the House majority is unlikely, it isn’t impossible. We’re not seeing much signage in this red area which I hope indicates low R excitement.

        • skyweaver

          I work at a county facility in Fairfax. For weeks now during absentee voting there have been at least 2 people, and often 4 or 5 people, out from the Democratic Party with sample ballots greeting anyone going in to vote. There have been either zero or 1 Republican out there passing them out for the Republicans. I keep hoping that shows something, but I also live in NoVa and it’s hard to keep perspective on the rest of the state

          • stuckinthewoods

            That’s encouraging to read, thanks. Here we’re seeing fewer R signs than we’d expect and more D than we’d expect (ordinarily zero).

      • aagold76 .

        I haven’t heard one ad from Northam that goes into Charlottesville- I just hear the VMI honor code ad….I’ve thought since Vegas and now Texas- gun control would be a winning strategy- haven’t heard anything on that either. Bill Maher’s right- Dems need to learn how to go for the jugular

        • skyweaver

          Agree with that completely

    • FAEN

      Fuck I hope Northam wins. Gillespie wins and immigrants will be under even greater attack.

      • Yes, and everywhere if Gillespie wins because Republicans all over the country will see his campaign as a bloody blueprint. I so hope Northam wins.

    • Joe in PA

      Brazille is going to be on AMJoy this coming weekend. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m pretty pissed and Joy was kind of excusing it on Sunday. 🙁

    • Lawerence Collins

      So… let me get this straight, you’re against the facts?!?

  • bkmn

    Physician, heal thy self

    • Chucktech

      Very libertarian, doncha know…

    • Todd20036

      I think you mean, “Physician”, heal thy self.

      He was never board certified.

      • Joe in PA

        Didn’t he start his own “board” so that he could be “certified”? Something like that. POS

        • JackFknTwist

          Well. I can certainly agree that he should be ‘certified’………under the Mental health Act.

    • Goodboy

      A true liberaterian would let the market sort it out.. The police and courts don’t need to get involved. That’s evil socialism.

  • The_Wretched

    I wonder if it was a lesson in the value of health care.

  • Nic Peterson

    Anyone interested in heading up the thoughts and prayers Committee?

    • Buford

      Ugh… thats sooooo exhausting.

    • Ben in Oakland

      I have to wash my hair,

  • JWC

    AH, I must pause to shed a tear There all better Possibly when you constituants can’t reach you with the spoken or written word then , with a great deal of frustration, the physical punch becomes the only way. Rand had a likin hung on hisself

  • Tomcat

    Gee, can’t we get a Go Fund Me Fund going,,, for the attacker’s legal bills?

  • His complicity to presidential treason could very well, be the reason.

  • Kelly Lape

    Assaulting a member of Congress shouldn’t result in a chorus of “job well done” from America. However, great job assaulting neighbor.

    • FAEN

      I’m confused-are you advocating violence?

      • Kelly Lape

        Now’s not the time to engage in the politics of neighbor on neighbor violence. – NRA

      • Buford

        Not advocating, but it’s likely that the full story will somewhat justify the neighbor’s actions… like (hypothetically) if they got into a neighbor-style argument and Rand did/said something to escalate it into this ass-kicking.

        Until we have more info, it’s disingenuous to call this an attack since that suggests it was one-sided and the victim (Rand) was blameless.

    • The_Wretched

      Rand and others have been flat up lying about healthcare. The net of those lies is that people will die for a net of a wealth transfer from everyone to a tiny fraction of the population that’s obscenely wealthy already. It’s surprising that more politicians who are responsible for mediating that reverse robin hood aren’t assaulted.

      • Chucktech

        Plus, this neighbor is an anesthesiologist, so he works in the biz.

        • Todd20036

          Hmm, does that mean he was able to assault Paul without causing pain?

  • WNY

    Thoughts and prayers…

    • Tomcat

      Because that truly IS the LEAST we can do.

      • Bluto

        I just say fuck ’em. That’s even easier than T&Ps.

  • FAEN

    While he recovers with the best health care in the country.

    Senator-what you’ve endured is awful and no one should be attacked but I have to ask, why do you think you deserve the best healthcare money can buy but not the citizens of this country?

    • Ben in Oakland

      Because he is a senator and rich and they are not.

      • Hue-Man

        If you want excellent health care just get yourself elected Senator!

        • Buford

          Grassley literally said that in a town hall in 2009.

          After sharing his family’s personal struggle with the burden of high health care costs, an audience member asked, “My question is… why is your insurance so much cheaper than my insurance and so better than my insurance?”. The question made Grassley cranky…. then the original questioner again asked, “Okay, so how come I can’t have the same thing you have?”

          Grassley’s response: “You can. Just go work for the Federal government.”

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Don’t care. Fuck him. Wish he had been killed.

    • FAEN

      No dude. No.

    • WNY

      I’m pretty sure that your last sentence violates Joe’s commenting guidelines for his site. Not cool, dude.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Why should I, a man who’s lived through multiple deaths of friends and family members who couldn’t afford healthcare, who lost everything belonging to my family for generations because of my mother’s cancer twenty five years ago because of her medical debts, who has to constantly fight for the legitimacy of my relationships, who has to watch as people die violently every day from gun violence, supposed to be cool and suppress how I feel about people like this vile piece of shit?

        No offense but, get a clue for chrissakes.

  • Chucktech

    Wonder what triggered Kentucky neighbor snowflake?

    • james1200

      Maybe I watch too much porn but I smell a rural gay sex triangle. I’ve always thought Rand Paul had gay face.

  • Tomcat

    Damn, don’t his neighbors have guns?

  • Rex

    I have no idea what the dispute was about, I can only imagine that Rand Paul is an annoying neighbor.

    • FAEN

      I’m sure he is.

  • Paula

    Somehow, I don’t believe these injuries were the result of a simple tackle, as the media reported. Rand got his ass whipped.
    He opened a can of Whoop Ass on him.

    • Buford

      “Gotta work the body, Champ… work the body!!”

    • Joe in PA

      I remember when my step son first came to live with us…he hadn’t heard that expression before and loved it. 🙂

  • octobercountry

    As others have noted, sounds like this attack was a personal matter—there was some bone of contention between the two men. And of course I can’t help but be curious as to what triggered it—seems odd that the motive is NOT being reported.

  • Ben in Oakland

    I’m sending my thoughts and prayers, but not my Vicodin.

  • Tomcat

    Was there by any chance a young impressionable boy involved?

  • TrueWords
  • Lazycrockett

    Don’t worry Im sure they will wheel him in when it comes to voting on the tax cuts for the super rich and gutting benefits for the needy.

  • Roger E Silva Jr

    Good thing He has health care

  • Butch

    Seriously wondering if the state police have something against Paul; the charges seem pretty light given the injuries.
    Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Gigi

    Hi attacker/neighbor is a doctor as well. There’s a lot more to this story that we’re not being told.

  • Lazycrockett

    God I hope there is video.

  • HZ81

    Wow, looks like somebody finally did what I’ve always wanted to do. Okay, I’d rather beat him senseless verbally, but…

    Dying to know the reason behind this savage beating.

    • james1200

      It’s very upsetting having neigbors like Paul that are always borrowing your things like rakes, lawnmowers and dildos, and never returning them.

  • dbishop75

    I’m no fan of him, but broken ribs hurt like a mf’er. Imma be impartial and just be human today and hope he heals ok…..from one human to another…..(i know, his humanity is certainly in question…..)

    • Tomcat

      Don’t take THIS away from US.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    How long have they been neighbors & Why did it take so long for this to happen ??

    • Tomcat

      First time neighbors daughter was involved.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Are you saying what I hope you are saying ?

  • Lazycrockett
  • MB
  • Paula

    Its all just a misunderstanding. The neighbor took one look at Paul, saw that thing on his head and thought he was being attacked by some exotic animal. He was just trying to stop the attack.

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  • Tread

    Hmmm… I wonder if there is a sex scandal in Rand Paul’s near future, considering the lightness of the charges and the seriousness of the injuries. Something makes me think this is more than a simple disagreement.

    • Scott Conrad

      That’s the first question that popped into my mind.

    • Scott Conrad

      Lordy, how I love a good sex scandal – so long as all participants are of legal age and consenting.

  • Tomcat

    That cannot be a toupe, NO ONE greases a toupe down.

    • Tomcat

      May be roadkill however.

  • anne marie in philly

    did the shag rug on his head sustain any damage?

    • Lakeview Bob

      I hate you! I was going to ask the same thing. LOL!

      • anne marie in philly

        don’t hate me because I am beautiful and I got here first! 🙂

  • JAKvirginia

    Five broken ribs? Somethings not right here.
    The first? Paul cutting his own grass.
    Second: Riding lawnmower?

    This sounds weird.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Antifa strikes again…

    • The_Wretched


  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    In cases of legitimate rape like this, the body of a republican like Rand, has ways to shut that whole thing down.

  • xzargo

    Who knew that Rand is such a delicate flower?

    • Bambino

      He was heard yelling Not my merkin! Not my merkin! at the time. So ribs there were.

  • Treant

    Thoughts and prayers.

    Also, why is it a felony to attack a Congresscritter when they’re not being Congresscritters, just probably their typical at-home asshole selves? According to the Federal government right now, it’s barely a felony to kill me, and I demand that berugged asswipes be treated identically.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Same is true with all federal employees. My father was a U.S. postal worker. He had tenure so he could not be fired without an act of congress. If someone assaulted him (or worse), it was a federal crime.

  • Snarky

    From the story I read Sunday, the kinds of rib fractures Paul sustained were typical of blunt force at a high velocity. More like a baseball bat than a fist, in other words.

    • ChrisMorley

      Or a good sharp kickin’

    • clay

      blind tackle?

  • Ninja0980

    There has to be more to this story then what we’re being told.
    I just find it hard to believe this beat down came out of nowhere.

    • Outlaw Woman

      I’m sure there were some curse words and middle fingers immediately preceding.

  • yes b’y
  • Javier Smith

    Oh no! Sending thoughts and prayers!

    • Hank

      Positive or Negative?? /s

      • Javier Smith

        Doesn’t matter – both are equally effective.

  • Kevin Perez

    Maybe Rand will resign.
    One can hope!

  • shellback

    Oh well, these things happen.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Let’s all hope it’s because Rand attempted (unsuccessfully!) to sodomize the next door neighbors 12 year old son.

    • AmeriCanadian

      No, let’s not all hope that.

      • Joseph Miceli


    • Tread

      What? Get the fuck out of here with that nonsense.

      • Joseph Miceli

        It is the only thing Republicans resign over anymore.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Let’s not.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Why not? It’s the only thing Republicans are forced to step down for anymore.
        If it helps, then I hope he was having an affair with the guy who beat him up and they had an abusive relationship. How’s that?

  • Stogiebear

    With those kind of injuries he’s very fortunate to have that diamond-encrusted platinum healthcare policy that we taxpayers provide him.

    • Paul Ohbehr L

      Plus that do not strike a federal employee statute. No wonder Rand can be a dickhead and a douche and not fear someone punching him. He’s got “federal” protection. (I’m being snarky; I don’t condone assault on anyone)..

  • NowAnAgnostic

    Did this alleged assault occur inside the house or in the front yard?

    • David L. Caster

      Apparently outside.

      • NowAnAgnostic


  • Puck

    Probably caught paul sticking it to his wife.

  • BobSF_94117

    assault of a member


    • Vinnie NYC

      I know that one ! It fits in his hand and now that I think about it in many other places too !

  • Willys41

    1) So did it happen “in his home” or while he was mowing the lawn?
    2) Did or did not neighbors say Boucher & Paul had been feuding for months or years?

  • AmeriCanadian

    OK is it bad of me to have a craving for ribs for dinner tonight?

  • Girlgoon

    It’s a shame your neighbor didn’t finish the job
    Actually your neighbor was an anesthesiologist You should have awakened in a tub of ice with your organs missing

    • gaycuckhubby

      And kill him???

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Wait…that’s all?

    Well fuck….”honey, put the champagne away, false alarm”

  • Girlgoon

    Did you use your obamacare

  • Tiger Quinn

    You do not bring a rough trick back to your house, Rand.

  • ETownCanuck

    So I’ve heard the Attacker was 59…How did he fracture 5 ribs? Did he hit Rand with his car?

  • infmom

    I do not wish the man harm. I do, however, wish he’d had to lie on a gurney in a massively overcrowded ER waiting area for hours because he had no health insurance.

  • Michael Hampton

    That neighbor was really pissed. I want to know if it was because of losing healthcare or the tax breaks for the wealthy.

  • Earl Mellor

    This looks more fishy than the Grand Banks. Wonder if he’s in an underground ‘fight club’ or no-holds barred MMA scene and his opponent went beyond commonly accepted practices? Is the neighbor part of that action? Being framed? Getting paid off to take the blame? But have never seen him on meetfighters or any of the other mma groups I frequent.

    I find it hard to believe even if he were mowing. Somebody comes up from behind and attacks; you don’t know if it is someone trying to kill you, and you don’t react with everything you have in you to try to (for all you know) to save your own life? Even if the ribs were broken at the onset, one’s endorphins would mask the pain long enough for you to [presumably] be trying to save your life—yet the presumed attacker suffered nary a scratch or a bruise?

    Reckon we will never find out what the REAL STORY is; but once he heals, if he’s into the underground mma or whatever scene, it would be fun for a refereed match with him. By his looks and his behavior, I would feel like I were brawling with the Devil himself. 🙂

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Sounds like he got smacked around by the invisible hand of the free market. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Dunkerblinker

    His neighbor was just grabbing a pussy!

  • Chris Gardner

    Well, it’s a good thing he has some of that government-run healthcare insurance. Otherwise, he’d be unable to see doctors and get treatment.

  • leastyebejudged

    Politics has been ruled out, but you won’t read it here ! LOL

    Journalism. It’s dead.

  • Homo Erectus
  • Terry

    I wonder if this was personal