“It was a living hell for the first four or five weeks,” he said, adding he “couldn’t get out of bed without assistance, six broken ribs, damaged my lungs, two bouts of pneumonia. It was really a tough go of it…”
“I just don’t think of any kind of motivation or justification whether it’s political or personal to attack someone who is unaware from behind in their own yard,” he added.
Rene Boucher has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Paul, a neighbor for 17 years.
Paul noted he was also at a charity baseball game practice last June at which GOP Rep. Steve Scalise was critically wounded by a gunman. Paul was not hurt in that incident.
“My colleagues come up all the time, they want to make sure there is some kind of deterrence because people don’t want to think that it’s open season on our elected officials,” he said.