Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and his neighbor who allegedly attacked him on Friday had been in an ongoing dispute regarding yard waste, a new report says.
Rene Boucher shares a property line with Paul in their gated community and the two have been “quibbling” for years over grass clippings and leaves being blown into each others yards, an anonymous neighbor told CNN.
The neighbor did not witness the attack, which left Paul with five rib fractures, and did not have insight into whether this motivated the attack.
Boucher’s attorney said Monday the altercation was “trivial” and was not related to political issues.
"The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agenda. It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial," attorney Matthew Baker said, according to a tweet.
The two men have been neighbors for 17 years and Baker verified the two "worked together when they were both practicing physicians."
A court date has been issued for Nov. 9.