A spokesman for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday that the weekend attack against Paul was a "serious criminal matter" and insisted the lawmaker had not spoken with his alleged attacker, Rene Boucher, in "many years."
"Last week Senator Paul was vigorously assaulted by someone in his neighborhood. This is a serious criminal matter involving serious injury, and is being handled by local and federal authorities. As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years. The first 'conversation' with the attacker came after Sen. Paul's ribs were broken. This was not a 'fight,' it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention," Paul's senior adviser, Doug Stafford, said in a statement.
New stmnt from Sen. Paul’s Sr. Advisor, Doug Stafford to @DrewGriffinCNN. Calls assault “serious criminal matter involving serious injury” & says Paul had not spoken to alleged attacker in many years. pic.twitter.com/O7kN8CRXlx— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) November 9, 2017
A Washington Examiner report published Tuesday evening stated Boucher ardently attacked President Trump and other Republicans on his social media accounts and had called for special counsel Robert Mueller to "fry Trump's gonads."
Both men's lawyers have insisted political differences did not prompt the attack, which left Paul with six broken ribs.
Seven of the men's neighbors said Paul has always maintained his lawn and cast doubt on the attack being the result of a landscaping issue.
"The Pauls' landscaping looks just like everyone’s place in Rivergreen. Wish I could get him to cut my lawn," said neighbor Robert Warner. "As a friend, neighbor, and senator, Rand has been first class in every way. What I find amazing is the fact that he cuts his own grass. Our neighborhood is fortunate that the Pauls live here."
Boucher on Thursday morning pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault charge.