Dickerson: Why does Rand Paul mow his own lawn?

Friday, 10 November 2017, 08:10:23 AM. Why does a U.S. Senator cut his own grass? And was that what drove his next-door neighbor to violence?
If he were a Syrian-born factory worker, Rene Boucher might be in a windowless cell on Guantanamo by now. Lucky for him that the local gendarmes cut retired anesthesiologists from Kentucky a little more slack. In case you missed it, Boucher is the man arrested last weekend after allegedly attacking his next-door neighbor, Rand Paul, who also happens to be the junior U.S. senator from Kentucky. Police say Boucher tackled Paul from behind after the latter dismounted a riding lawnmower he was using to cut his grass in the tony Bowling Green subdivision where the two have lived side-by-side for 17 years.    Even on a weekend dominated by yet another mass shooting, an assault on a U.S. Senator is no trifling matter. Paul fractured five ribs, bruised both his lungs and sustained multiple cuts to his face and lips. A senior staffer for Paul said the injuries could have been "life-threatening." So a lot of people were surprised when Boucher was charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and released on $7,500 bond. (I'm gonna go way out on a limb here and speculate that the alleged assailant's status as a physician and owner of a $750,000 home in his gated community might have played a role.) But the law's leniency toward Paul's alleged assailant is just one of the mysteries surrounding the incident, including this: Why was a U.S. Senator -- a physician whose net worth is estimated to exceed $2 million and who continues to maintain a surgical practice on the side --  mowing...Read more
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