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Winton’s outspoken activism started early. When the Philadelphia Inquirer would arrive during their boyhood, “He always got the editorial page. For me, it was the comics,” said brother Jeb.
But friends say he’s also the rah-rah teammate in the subzero broomball games, the karaoke aficionado with the bitter rocking “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette as his signature, the first guy to get to know everybody in the room. That quality may grow out of his success in student government, starting in middle school and culminating in election as freshman class president at the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania.
He can also be persistent. He met his future wife when both attended the London School of Economics. She was tending bar in the pub in their dorm, but it took him months to wear down her reserve. They married in 2006, the same year he finished and she started law school.
Winton’s combination of analytic smarts and affability has impressed some unlikely supporters.
Next-door neighbor Larry Forsman said at age 62, he’s voted Republican only once but he’s supporting Winton.
“He’s a smart guy. He’s not a career politician. He doesn’t need the job.”
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