Rand Paul Says He Was In 'Living Hell' After Attack

Senator Rand Paul said he was left in 'living hell' after his neighbor allegedly attacked him outside his Kentucky home in November. 

The Kentucky Republican told CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday for four or five weeks after Rene Boucher allegedly tackled him outside his home in Bowling Green and left him with six broken ribs, cuts on his face, fluid buildup in his chest he was in a 'living hell.'

'Couldn't get out of bed without assistance, six broken ribs, damage to my lungs, two bouts of pneumonia,' Paul said, detailing his agony. 

'It was a really tough go of it. But each day I feel a little bit better. This last month I've been doing better.' 

Boucher has been charged with assault in the November 3 attack at Paul's home, and pleaded not guilty. He was accused of tackling him from behind while the failed GOP presidential candidate was mowing his lawn.   

His attorney told CBS in November the attack wasn't politically motivated at all, describing it instead as a 'very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.'  

The 59-year-old, though, says the attack happened after years of frustration due to being unable to sell his $740,000 home. He said he told Paul in the wake of the mauling that he hadn't been able to sell the house for ten years because the congressman's trees were 'in the way'.

It's believed Boucher was referring to woodland at the back of Paul's property that blocks the doctor's views of the picturesque private lake that forms the centerpiece of their upscale gated community.

Friends say it could explain why the retired anesthesiologist has failed to find a buyer for his five-bedroom, 1.36-acre home which is nonetheless described on property websites as 'overlooking' the desirable water feature.

Boucher's alleged grievance was relayed to the media by another of Paul's neighbors, Alicia Stivers, the first person who saw the bloodied and dazed lawmaker after assault. 

Boucher has also been said to be a socialist - leading some to wonder whether the alleged attack was politically motivated. 

But regardless of why the assault took place, Paul said people shouldn't focus on the motive behind his specific attack but instead should work to deter politically motivated attacks from happening in the future. 

'My colleagues come up all the time, and they want to make sure there is some kind of deterrent because people don't want to think that it's open season on our elected officials,' Paul told CBS. 

'I think one of the things about motivations is people got obsessed, some in media, about the motivations. 

'But I think really we usually don't ask if someone's raped or mugged or whatever why the person did it. We want punishment and deterrents.' 

He said he saw similar questions asked about the attacker of the gunman who opened fire on Congress practicing softball in Alexandria, Virginia in June. 

Paul added that he doesn't think any motivation or justification 'political or personal' is enough to 'attack someone who's unaware from behind in their own yard.'  

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