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Connecticut's Bell Man Runs for Senate...in Kentucky

Tucker Ives


Matt Bevin is running a Republican primary campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Bevin lives in Kentucky, but he owns the Bevin Brothers Bell Factory in East Hampton, Connecticut - the one that was burned down in a fire last year.

After months of speculation, he officially announced his candidacy at a rally in Kentucky's state capitol.

"After 30 years in Washington, Mitch McConnell no longer represents what we believe here in Kentucky," said Bevin. "He has lost touch with our state, with our people and with our values."

Bevin calls himself as a successful businessman and a conservative Republican - something the McConnell campaign disputes in a new ad.

"Matt Bevin says he's a conservative businessman," the narrator says. "But when his Connecticut businesses needed help Bevin took $200,000 in taxpayer bailouts."

McConnell later nicknames his opponent as "Bailout Bevin." The bailout he's referring to is money from Connecticut's Small Business Express program to help Bevin Bells and its sister company, PSI Plus rebuild from the fire.

The Kentucky primary is May 20, 2014 - 300 days away.

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.

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