A call was allegedly made to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s Bowling Green Office over the weekend threatening to, according to Senator Paul, “kill me and chop up my family with an ax.” The man who is accused of threatening the libertarian Senator and his family was taken in by Capitol Police after an arrest-warrant was made. The name of the man has not been released.
Rand Paul tweeted on Monday “Thank you to the U.S. Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me.”
Senator Paul mentioned the attack publicly at an event in Leitchfield, Kentucky, on Monday: “Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe,” Paul said. “It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this.”
Capitol Police declined to comment because the investigation is ongoing.
This isn’t the first brush of violence the Senator from Kentucky has dealt with in the recent past. Paul was on the baseball diamond when James Hodgkinson opened fire and shot several congressional staffers as well as Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican. Senator Paul received no injuries from the shooting.
In November 2017, Paul’s 59-year-old neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked the lawmaker, apparently in retaliation for stacking brush into a pile near his property in Bowling Green. Paul sustained six broken ribs and a “pleural effusion” – or a “build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a year of supervised release after his time behind bars. He was also ordered to stay away from the Paul family and pay a $10,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani, a special judge called in from Michigan, described the attack as a “dispute between neighbors” and an “isolated incident,” not motivated by politics.
This latest threat to the Senator’s office, however, has very little doubt it was not politically motivated by a tolerant, peace-loving leftist.