Talk:Howard Metzenbaum

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Never held a proper job?[edit]

I would have thought that any encyclopia entry on Metzenbaum would include his run-in with astronaut John Glenn at the 1974 Democrat primary race to be the Democrat Senate candidate for Ohio.

Metzenbaum, who had beaten Glenn at the same Primary in 1970, made some comments about Glenn having "never met a payroll" (i.e. never had a "proper" job) to which Glenn retored emotionally in a heated debate about military service being a proper job.

Glenn won the 1974 primary by a landslide and when on on succeed Metzenbaum as the US Senator for Ohio. Even though Metzenbaum lost the actual 1970 election to the Republican Robert Taft Jr., he was appointed to the Senate in 1974 when the other Ohio US Senator was appointed Attorney General (I think that bit is covered in the article).

Metzenbaum also beat Taft Jr. in 1976, a rematch of the 1970 election, and Metzenbaum joined Glenn in the US Senate.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Politicsboy (talkcontribs)

Except for the quotes, this information is all on the page. 17 September 2007 (UTC)Dr who1975

Communist affiliation[edit]

Someone should consider writing about his affiliation with the Communist party as their U.S. defense attorney during WWII.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 131.52.121.101 (talkcontribs)

That seems to be an Internet rumor from the Glenn-Metzenbaum chain e-mail. Much of the e-mail is largely true, but I haven't seen anyone verify that part. (Same e-mail the above "Never held a proper job" section comes from. That part's mostly true.)--Inonit 01:49, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

example of myth[edit]

http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/37/t/001064.html
—Preceding unsigned comment added by 132.241.245.49 (talkcontribs)

doggett smear[edit]

Here is an extended transcript of Metzenbaum sneaking in unsworn testimony to smear a black attorney supporting Thomas who also knew Anita Hill. Mr. Doggett had his reputation besmirched by Sen Metzenbaum and the episode is a very clear example of personal character and lack thereof. I can't think of how to include it in the Anita Hill section in an NPOV manner. Perhaps somebody else is a bit more dispassionate on the subject and can make proper use of the material? TMLutas 17:05, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

business career[edit]

Information is needed about Metzembaum's business career. He made a fortune investing in land near the Cleveland airports for use as parking lots. He had the foresight to see that airport parking would be a moneymaking venture.Hanksummers (talk) 15:10, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

1974 Resignation[edit]

Why did he resign December 23, 1974?—Markles 19:06, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

markles, i wondered that too, decided that must have been the end of the term of the Sen. Saxbe seat that Metzenbaum had been appointed to. DyNama (talk) 06:13, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Link to Metzenbaum interracial adoption law[edit]

if you go to Howard's APCOA Parking, a disambiguation link at the top has a link to Airport Parking Company; Airport Parking Company does not have a wiki article of it's own, clicking on the link jumps to a paragraph on the Standard Parking page! In the same way, Howard's law does not have it's own article but has a good paragraph on the Interracial adoption page, so a link here should jump to that paragraph but i don't know how to do that! DyNama (talk) 06:13, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Aspartame controversy[edit]

Senator Metzenbaum had an instrumental role in the aspartame controversy. He held senate hearings, questioned the DOJ, and had the GAO investigate the FDA to see if there was any impropriety. He was on the news at the time, and released some lengthy documents summarizing what his staff had learned about the FDA approval process and aspartame research. At the time, it would seem he had been convinced that aspartame was harmful. Here's my question: Was Metzenbaum's role in the aspartame controversy notable? Should it be here? Should it be in the Aspartame controversy article? --SV Resolution(Talk) 18:50, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Death Tax Proponent[edit]

Ol' Howard was a quintessential Democrat - big proponent of death (estate) taxes while a legislator, but moved to a state (FL) without an estate tax just before he dies - then gets buried back in OH. Classic. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 73.168.152.76 (talk) 19:24, 3 January 2015 (UTC)