In an open letter to Sen. Cory Booker, Kelley Paul, wife of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, tells the Democrat that “in the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level.”
Following some statements Booker made earlier this month, where he told supporters to “get up in the face of congresspeople,” protesters have cornered Republican senators in hallways, airports and even at their own homes when addresses are leaked online. Paul asks him to retract that earlier statement and “condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”
She also criticizes the way the media has laughed at the assault her husband suffered last year. “He was not okay last November, when a violent and unstable man attacked him from behind while he was working in our yard, breaking six ribs and leaving him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia. Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently joked about it in a speech. MSNBC commentator Kasie Hunt laughingly said on air that Rand’s assault was one of her “favorite stories.” Cher, Bette Midler, and others have lauded his attacker on Twitter. I hope that these women never have to watch someone they love struggle to move or even breathe for months on end.”
Paul says she now sleeps with a loaded gun by her bed while the sheriff sends extra patrols by their house.
Read the entire letter here.