Rand Paul Announces Return to Senate for First Time Since Being Assaulted: ‘I’m Still in a Good Deal of Pain’

Sen. Rand Paul / Getty Images
Sen. Rand Paul / Getty Images

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) announced his return to the Senate on Monday after an assault that left him with broken ribs and bruised lungs.

Paul was violently tackled while mowing the lawn at his Bowling Green, Kentucky home on Nov. 3. His longtime neighbor Rene Boucher was arrested and charged with assault, and he has pleaded not guilty.

Via Twitter, Paul thanked people for their support during his recovery and said he was returning to work Monday and looking forward to helping pass the GOP's tax reform plan.

"Kelley and I want to thank everyone once again for your thoughts and prayers for my recovery," Paul wrote. "While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks."

The motivations for the attack remain unclear. Boucher's attorney has stated the incident was over a "trivial" matter and denied it had anything to do with politics—Boucher is a Democrat.