Rand Paul | Courtesy of WLKY

By Morgan Eads | Lexington Herald-Leader

Five days after he was tackled outside his Bowling Green home, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tweeted on Wednesday that his most recent medical checkup showed six broken ribs and fluid buildup in his chest.


It was initially reported that Paul had five broken ribs and small cuts to his nose and mouth after the Nov. 3 attack. A dispute with a longtime neighbor led up to the incident, according to The Associated Press.

“I appreciate all of the support from everyone,” Paul said in his tweet on Wednesday.

Rene Albert Boucher, 59, is accused of tackling Paul and was charged with fourth-degree assault, according to court documents. Boucher pleaded not guilty during a short court hearing Thursday morning in Warren County and remains free on bond.

In a report Monday evening, The New York Times spoke with neighbors and three Kentucky Republicans familiar with what had transpired. Their accounts seemed to indicate that the dispute centered around landscaping.

The Times also referenced “long-leveled allegations that Mr. Paul had disregarded neighborhood regulations.” The three Kentucky Republicans, who requested anonymity, told The Times that Paul had been embarrassed by the incident and was not interested in drawing attention to it.

[Politico reported Thursday that Paul retweeted articles that cast doubt on the ‘landscaping dispute’ reports. Those articles were from The Washington Examiner and Breitbart.]

This post has been updated.