Word seeped out over the weekend that Sen. Rand Paul had been the victim of some sort of assault at his home in Kentucky. The news bulletin was jarring, because physical attacks against elected officials are still — thankfully — a rare phenomenon in America, but initial reporting suggested the confrontation may have been a minor dust-up. The Senator’s staff seemed to somewhat downplay the incident at first, too. But as Christine noted yesterday, the extent of Paul’s injuries indicate that this was more serious, and more violent, than originally understood. The lawmaker was blindsided by a “high velocity severe force blow” to the torso — via the Bowling Green Daily News:
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has five rib fractures and lung contusions as a result of an apparent assault Friday by a neighbor at Paul’s home in Bowling Green, a spokesman for Kentucky’s junior senator said Sunday. Senior adviser Doug Stafford said Paul’s injuries cause pain that could persist for weeks, perhaps even months, but that the Republican plans to return to the U.S. Senate soon. “Senator Paul has five rib fractures including 3 displaced fractures,” Stafford said in a statement emailed to the Daily News by Paul’s staff. “This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying”…The arrest warrant in the case indicates that Paul told police that his neighbor came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain. According to the warrant for Boucher’s arrest, Paul had injuries to his face and had trouble breathing due to a rib injury.
The Associated Press story described how injuries like this “can lead to life-threatening injuries,” with pain lingering for “weeks or months.” Why did so many of the early reports minimize Paul’s injuries as “minor,” if he actually had five ribs cracked and suffered lung contusions? Perhaps because the suspect was charged with misdemeanor “fourth degree assault and causing a minor injury.” My thoughts exactly:
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