Sen. Rand Paul has shown America he can take a beating with his head held high.
On Monday, Kentucky authorities released audio of the Republican lawmaker’s 911 call after he was assaulted by a neighbor outside his home in November.
Paul told the dispatcher he was “assaulted by my neighbor.” He described the incident–which left him with five broken ribs–as “not a life-or-death thing,” but said he would “like to have a police car come by.”
The conservative icon gave a second dispatcher his full name, “Randal Paul,” and said the assault occurred “in my yard, while I was mowing the grass.”
The same day the audio was made public, federal prosecutors sought a 21-month prison sentence against alleged assaulter Rene Boucher, the Associated Press reported.
According to court documents filed by prosecutors, the attack arose due to a dispute about lawn maintenance between Paul and his neighbor.
Boucher has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement. The defendant’s attorney, Matt Baker, asserted the incident was not politically motivated.
“Everyone needs to remember, first and foremost, that this is a dispute between two neighbors,” Baker said. “It was not and has never been politically motivated. And if this very same incident had occurred between two private persons, neither of whom were a congressman or a senator, we wouldn’t be in federal court.”
The Kentucky Senator is apparently as tough outside Capitol Hill as he is inside.