Rand Paul back in the Senate, walking gingerly after assault




  • In Politics
  • 2017-11-14 06:13:38Z
  • By RICHARD LARDNER and ADAM BEAM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Walking gingerly, Sen. Rand Paul returned to the Senate on Monday following an attack in his yard that left him with six broken ribs.

The Kentucky Republican cast votes with his arms at his sides, finding it difficult to execute the customary Senate step of raising a hand and signaling yes or no. He simply expressed his decision to a Senate clerk before chatting briefly with several senators.

As Paul arrived in the Capitol, a smiling Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., extended his hand to Paul, but he declined to shake it, indicating even that minor motion would cause discomfort.

"While I'm still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks," Paul posted on his Twitter account earlier in the day.

He declined to answer reporters' questions about the assault.

Paul's return was welcomed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted from the Philippines, "Great to see @RandPaul looking well and back on the Senate floor." Trump said on the final day of his lengthy trip to Asia that Paul would "help us with TAX CUTS and REFORM!"

Paul was attacked Nov. 3 while mowing his lawn, authorities said. Robert Porter, Paul's close friend of 20 years, said the senator had gotten off his riding lawn mower to remove a limb when he was tackled from behind. Porter said Paul was wearing ear protection, so he did not hear the attack coming.

Police charged Paul's neighbor Rene Boucher with misdemeanor assault. Boucher pleaded not guilty last week in Bowling Green and could face more charges. The FBI is investigating to see if any federal laws were broken.

Boucher and Paul have been neighbors for 17 years. Boucher's attorney said the attack was not motivated by politics but "by a dispute most people would find trivial." He has not elaborated.

Some residents of the gated neighborhood where Paul and Boucher live have speculated the attack was prompted by a long-simmering lawn care dispute between the two men. Paul's senior adviser Doug Stafford has denied the two men had a dispute of any kind, saying Paul had not had a conversation with Boucher in years.

"This was not a fight, it was a blind side, violent attack by a disturbed person," Stafford said in a statement last week.

Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said it appears Paul has hired a personal injury lawyer, which could mean he is planning a lawsuit. Paul's office has declined to comment on that.

__

Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount
Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount
  • Tech
  • 2018-11-16 00:28:22Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes.

The Latest: At least 55,000 ballots in Senate hand recount
The Latest: At least 55,000 ballots in Senate hand recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local):

Florida Secretary of State Sets Hand Recount in Senate Race
Florida Secretary of State Sets Hand Recount in Senate Race

Three hours after a federal judge ruled against Nelson's request that the deadline for Florida's mechanical recount be extended, election officials announced the tabulation had boosted Scott's 12,562-vote lead by 41 votes out of 8.2 million cast in a state that will be pivotal in the 2020 presidential contest. In the race for governor, the machine recount confirmed that Republican Ron DeSantis had defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner also called for a hand recount in the race for agriculture commissioner.

Florida U.S. Senate race triggers hand recount
Florida U.S. Senate race triggers hand recount
  • US
  • 2018-11-15 22:17:59Z

Florida's hotly contested contest for the U.S. Senate appeared headed on Thursday toward a hand recount with the results still too close to call, the state elections website indicated. Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson trailed his Republican challenger, Florida Governor Rick Scott, by about 12,600 votes, or 0.15 percent of the more than 8 million ballots cast following an electronic recount.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.