Rand Paul says he suffered 6 broken ribs in weird attack

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Rand Paul has suffered six broken ribs and other injuries after his neighbor assaulted him on Friday. Alex Wong Getty Images

It was initially reported that Paul had five broken ribs and small cuts to his nose and mouth after the November 3 attack. The injuries raise the prospect that Paul, who is recuperating in Kentucky, may be kept from Washington at a time when fellow Senate Republicans are eager to push a major tax overhaul through Congress.

Paul suffered six broken ribs when he was allegedly tackled from behind. The first "conversation" with the attacker came after Sen.

"As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years", he continued. "Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention".

When pressed for a motive, attorney Matt Baker told CNN that "we should believe" Jim Skaggs, the developer and neighbor who sold both men their homes.

He faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail if convicted.

Though the State Police was unable to provide Fox News a timeline for when their investigation will be complete, a spokesman said "it is up to Commonwealth prosecutors" whether Boucher's charges could change from misdemeanor to felony based on the severity of those injuries. Baker said Boucher cooperated fully and reiterated that Boucher's liberal beliefs have nothing to do with the alleged assault.

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Boucher's lawyer said Monday that the attack was "a very regrettable dispute" that was "trivial".

He added: "If (Boucher) had to do it over again, I can assure you that it might have been handled much more diplomatically".

Paul tweeted Wednesday that along with six broken ribs he also has excess fluid around his lung.

"I appreciate all of the support from everyone", Paul posted on Twitter about last Friday's violent altercation. Boucher was set bail at a mere $7,500, making it clear that there will be virtually no institutional resistance to socialist revolutionaries making attempts at the lives of prominent conservatives.

Paul and Boucher have been neighbors for 17 years in a gated community.

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