It was a feel-good story last year when the Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. resumed its production of bells in East Hampton, months after a lightning strike sparked a blaze that destroyed the company’s 180-year-old factory there.
But this week the company that helped shaped the identity of Belltown, as East Hampton is sometimes called, is at the center of a heated political contest taking place hundreds of miles away in Kentucky.
Even before the company’s owner, Matthew Bevin officially jumped into the 2014 Senate race against Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, McConnell’s camp had rolled out video and internet advertisements attacking Bevin for taxes his bell company had owed to the town of East Hampton in recent years.
“Bailout Bevin: not a Kentucky conservative,” is the last sentence in the ad, which you watch above.
The Internet ads that were running Thursday dubbed Bevin as an “East Coast con man” because of the company’s tax problems. But when The Courant called the town Thursday, officials said the tax problems seem to have been solved.