The Quirky Supply Sider Who's Shaping Tax Policy

William V. Roth Jr., the Senate Finance Committee's new chairman, hardly cuts an imposing figure. An introvert known for his quirks--he campaigned last year in the constant company of his two Saint Bernards, Hagar the Horrible and Thor-Tsunami--the 74-year-old Delaware Republican has rarely captured the limelight during his 25 years in the Senate. No wonder Capitol Hill wags are dismissing him as a caretaker chairman who will be the lapdog of Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.).

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