Flashback Friday - Remembering Winton "Red" Blount
It what might become a regular (or semi-regular) occurrence here at AlabamaElections, we'll use a Friday to remember a prominent Alabama political personality. For our first installment, we'll remember the Godfather of the Alabama Republican Party, Winton "Red" Blount.
An excellent biographical summary of Blount can be found here.
Blount was part businesman, part philanthropist, and part politician. His work with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has given our state one of its primary cultural landmarks. Blount was also a confidante of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and helped usher in the rise of two party politics in longtime Democrat-dominated Alabama. Though his own candidacy for political office was unsuccessful, the groundwork he built for the Alabama Republicans is still being used today as the GOP tide continues to advance.
Indeed, whether it is in politics, charity, or culture, Alabama's present and future owes much to the past of "Red" Blount.