He is in his sixth term yet U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch believes he is misunderstood by a lot of people at the present time. Biographer and former Washington, D.C. correspondent Lee Roderick says Hatch is hoping Roderick’s new book will set the record straight.The book, titled Courage: Orrin Hatch: Leading The Fight For Constitutional Rights, highlights Hatch’s long career and accomplishments while serving Utah in the U.S. Senate.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Roderick said he has been shocked to learn that some people believe that Hatch is not a conservative.”He was the first person, really, to be advocating the Constitutional amendment to balance the budget,” Roderick said. “This was right after he was elected. He got in in 1976. “In ’79 he introduced his first budget bill to balance the budget and since then he’s done it over and over. Two of those have come within a single vote in the Senate of becoming part of the Constitution. This is a conservative guy.”A resident of North Logan and part time administrator at Utah State University, Roderick has authored two other Hatch biographies. He was a Washington correspondent for 15 years and once served as president of the National Press Club. The Hatch campaign paid for the book’s first printing of 7,500 copies to hand out to potential supporters.
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