Bracelet story continued with email response I received

I get some really strange and heated emails ever since I started expressing my support for John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Here is an email response I got at YouTube to a comment I left.

“No, thoughtbeast. That’s not true. Ryan Jopek, the father of Brian Jopek, is supporting John McCain. His ex-wife, Tracy Jopek, is supporting Barack Obama. Tracy Jopek did ask that Barack Obama not use the bracelet or her son as a campaign prop, and Obama hasn’t been doing so. Tracy Jopek was quoted yesterday as being honored that Barack Obama mentioned her son’s bracelet after McCain used the name of Matthew Stanley as a campaign prop. She said that her ex-husband lied. Bullshit debunked.”


Here is my response:

Sorry (name withheld), but you got some facts wrong in your email to me.  Sergeant Ryan David Jopek is the son of former Staff Sergeant Brian Jopek.  It is not the other way around as you pointed out.

Brian Jopek does support McCain.  He is no longer married to Tracy.  Brian told Wisconsin Public Radio that his ex-wife had misgivings about Obama wearing the bracelet and mentioning their son on the campaign trail. It seems as though just as Tracy Jopek supports Obama and wants to end the war, Brian Jopek has a different take on what should happen in Iraq and may be more inclined to support McCain.

More information can be found by reading this ABC news story:

Brian’s ex-wife Tracy Jopek supports Obama.  A recent AP report states that Tracy Jopek had acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates. But she said Obama’s mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier’s mother gave him a bracelet.

Here is that AP news story:

I also respectfully disagree with you that McCain used the name of Matthew Stanley as a campaign prop.  He brought Matthew’s name into the debate to show why the United States must not leave Iraq and Afghanistan in defeat.

Matthew’s mother said to McCain:

“But, Senator McCain, I want you to do everything — promise me one thing, that you’ll do everything in your power to make sure that my son’s death was not in vain.”


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