Rene Boucher, a 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist, who lives next door to Paul, faces charges of fourth-degree assault for tackling the senator as he mowed his lawn. Paul suffered lung contusions as a result of the broken ribs, his office said. Boucher was ordered to remain 1,000 feet away from Paul and his family, except while in his house, as a condition for bail, according to a copy of the citation reviewed by The Daily Caller.
Paul's neighbors said the assault was the result of a landscaping dispute, the New York Times reported. "They just couldn't get along. I think it had very little to do with Democrat or Republican politics," neighbor Jim Skaggs told the NYT. "I think it was a neighbor-to-neighbor thing. They just both had strong opinions, and a little different ones about what property rights mean."