Attorney for Rand Paul neighbor says dispute not political
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is recovering from five broken ribs, including three displaced fractures and bruised lungs, following an assault at his home Friday night, per AP. An attorney for the man charged in the attack issued a statement Monday claiming that "the regrettable dispute" was not politically motivated, but was rather a "trivial" issue between neighbors.
Why it matters for Washington: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Monday that Paul's potential extended absence from work could complicate the GOP agenda, as every Republican vote is needed in the busy weeks ahead to keep his slim majority. "Any time a senator on our side is not there, it's potentially challenging," said McConnell.