Summarized by Eric Bunker
Sen. Hatch Blasts S.F. Supervisors
San Francisco Chronicle 5Oct99 N1
By Carla Marinucci, Ed Epstein: Chronicle Staff Writers
San Francisco CA Examiner 5Oct99 N1
Compiled by Rachel Gordon: Examiner staff
In other business Monday, the Board of Supervisors:
Senator and presidential candidate, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, spoke in San
Francisco before an audience of about 40 at the Commonwealth Club of
California. He depicted himself as a "compassionate conservative with guts"
and the candidate with the deepest government and legislative experience and
the one most qualified to make as many as five Supreme Court appointments
required of the next president.
As he was speaking, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously
passed a resolution calling on the Internal Revenue Service to investigate
the tax-exempt status of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
because some church leaders have urged members to financially support
California's Knight Initiative.
Hatch said he strongly supports the initiative that would bar the state from
recognizing gay or lesbian marriage and calls the action by the Board
against the church as "bigoted and prejudiced." However, Sen. Hatch also
said he believes that gays and lesbians deserve respect and may "need some
sort of recognition for a monogamous relationship." However, he wanted to
make sure that legal recognition was not confused with, put on par with, or
undermine the traditional family.
Sen. Hatch continued to deride the board's resolution, saying, that it
"flies in the face of free-speech rights almost as much as anything I've
ever seen. If that type of philosophy became the norm, that almost means
nobody affiliated with any religion would have a right to talk freely."
Hatch acknowledged his meager fund raising has been far outpaced by Bush's
$56 million so far, but he said he'll continue on with what he calls an
"anti- fat cat" campaign, which is an effort to get $36 checks from
1million voters. So far, he said, he's raised about $500,000 that way, out
of a total of $1.4 million. "Some people don't even know I'm in the race,"
he said. "But this is a marathon, not a sprint. And I'm a darned good
He insists his late-blooming, underfunded candidacy has a chance should
crisis arise with front-runner George W. Bush. He described the Texas
governor as an attractive though relatively inexperienced politician who
"faces a steep learning curve" in the nation's highest office.
Sen. Hatch openly acknowledges that his religious faith has been an abiding
part of his political and personal life, but sadly realizes that many
Americans have misunderstood the church since its founding, even other
Commenting on the Gallup Poll that showed that 17 percent of the American
people would not vote for a Mormon for president, Sen. Hatch said, "I felt
that that kind of bigotry and intolerance went out when John F. Kennedy was
elected the first Catholic president." He won the praise last week of the
Christian Coalition last week when he addressed their conference on this