Just a few weeks after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was attacked by a neighbor while unsuspectingly mowing the lawn at his home, his wife has spoken out to dispel rumors about the reason behind the assault, according to The Daily Caller.
Dr. Kelley Paul slammed the media and its coverage of Paul’s assault in an opinion editorial for CNN.
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“As his wife, I have been distraught over seeing him suffer like this,” she says. “There have been several nights where I had my hand on my phone ready to call 911 when his breathing became so labored it was terrifying.”
The senator suffered several broken ribs and a severely bruised lung, according to reports. The neighbor who assaulted him, Rene Boucher, has plead not guilty to misdemeanor assault. Boucher’s attorney has maintained that the two men had a disagreement over lawn trimmings.
“It is incredibly hurtful that some news outlets have victimized Rand a second time as he struggles to recover, delighting in hateful headlines like ‘Not A Perfect Neighbor,’ and concocting theories about an ‘ongoing dispute,’ based on nothing more than speculation from an attention-seeking person with no knowledge of anything to do with us,” Kelley asserts.
Kelley went on to explain that the Paul family hasn’t spoken to Boucher in more than a decade, other than neighborly waves.
“The only ‘dispute’ existed solely in the attacker’s troubled mind,” she says.
She continues, “This has been a terrible experience; made worse by the media’s gleeful attempts to blame Rand for it, ridiculing him for everything from mowing his own lawn to composting.”
Kelley ended the op ed by stating that they’re grateful for “supportive family” and the “encouragement and prayers of hundreds of kind and thoughtful people.”