On Wednesday, Kelley Paul, wife of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, penned a column for CNN in which she described the brutal aftermath for Paul in the wake of his neighbor ramming him from behind and leaving him with six broken ribs, three displaced ribs, pleural effusion and pneumonia.
Kelley Paul started by noting, “The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day. Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain. He has not had a single night's sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing.”
She added, “There have been several nights where I had my hand on my phone ready to call 911 when his breathing became so labored it was terrifying.” Paul returned to Washington last week despite running a 102.5 degree fever; the next morning he was diagnosed with pneumonia in his damaged lung.
Kelley Paul is justifiably furious at the media for twisting the story so it seems that the senator was somehow at fault for the blindside attack from Rene Albert Boucher, writing:
It is incredibly hurtful that some news outlets have victimized Rand a second time as he struggles to recover, delighting in hateful headlines like "Not A Perfect Neighbor," and concocting theories about an "ongoing dispute," based on nothing more than speculation from an attention-seeking person with no knowledge of anything to do with us.
Kelley Paul clarified: “The fact is, neither Rand nor I have spoken to the attacker in 10 years (since before his wife and children moved away) other than a casual wave from the car. Nobody in our family has, nor have we communicated with anyone in his family.:
This was not a "scuffle," a "fight" or an "altercation," as many in the media falsely describe it. It was a deliberate, blindside attack. The impact left Rand with six broken ribs, three displaced, pleural effusion and now pneumonia. This has been a terrible experience; made worse by the media's gleeful attempts to blame Rand for it, ridiculing him for everything from mowing his own lawn to composting.
CNN added that Boucher has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault, and his attorney said, "If he had to do it over again, I can assure you it would have been handled much more diplomatically.” The attorney added that "we should believe" a neighbor, Jim Skaggs, who told CNN there has been a "long-running disagreement" over property maintenance.