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State Senate Candidate Colleen Lachowicz Under Fire from Opponents for Playing World of Warcraft

I’m not sure if this is more disheartening or hilarious. Maine State Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz has found herself under attack because of a deep, dark secret that, her opponents contend, will negatively impact her ability to represent her constituents.

So does she have a history of accepting bribes?

Have her credentials been falsified?

Does she have ties to the mafia?

No. Worse. She plays World of Warcraft.

An e-mail sent to reporters by Maine GOP communications director David Sorensen condemns Lachowicz for “living a time-consuming double life as a member of the World of Warcraft community.”

States the e-mail, Lachowicz “lives vicariously” though her character, a Level 85 rogue named Santiaga, and regularly posts as her on online forms including the Daily Kos. And if Sorensen’s indignation at the idea of a public servant playing an MMORPG in which they—horror of horrors—stab people other characters isn’t funny enough, the Website (“Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.” Italics theirs.) should do the trick. The site is a collection of screenshots of Lachowicz’s comments about WoW, with the particularly ~*~scandalous~*~ bits highlighted.

A few samples:

So I’m a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things…a lot… Who wouldn’t have thought that a peace-lovin’, social worker and democrat would enjoy that?

I’m so jealous! I wish I wasn’t at work. I’d much rather be gaming with my guildies!

I can kill stuff [In World of Warcraft. Not in the real world!] without going to jail. There are some days when this is more necessary than others.

Most of the time the random dungeon groups are pretty good. …But every once in a while you get the person who has no regard for the survival of the group. They want to get the dungeon done, top the meter, grab their loot and screw everyone else. These types are usually nasty in party chat as well. I tend to think of them as teabaggers.

And the most horrifying:

I miss you!! Where are you? Ahhh…remember the days of cooking sausages on the grill while doing dungeons?! Good times!

Cooking sausages. On the grill. How dare she run for public office!

It’s not like Lachowicz ever hid her seedy completely normal WoW habits; she even posted about her campaign to the Daily Kos, asking her fellow guild members for campaign donations. (“I want to take my advocacy skills, knowledge of health care and kick ass attitude to the State Senate.” How horrible.)

There is a point to be made here about how, in our era of ubiquitous Internet access, public figures need to be wary of saying anything that could be construed as negative lest it be used against them at some point down the line. But holy Christ, I just can’t get over al the effort put into discrediting Lachowicz, not based on her political beliefs or experience, but because she plays World of Warcraft.

(via: BuzzFeed)

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  • Curtis Owings

    There remains a pervasive stigma that all video games are bad, that people who play them are no-life social rejects incapable of dating or being productive. In general you must be majorly flawed to ignore your obligations and family to play a game…

    This is ridiculous. Using myself as an example. I work 40+ hours a week. I’ve been continuously employed (and even avidly recruited) for 20 years. I’m married with 3 kids. I’ve lived in 2 countries and traveled extensively. I make a good living and still manage to have other hobbies and donate to charities… But you wouldn’t believe the attitude I sometimes hear when folks don’t realize I play.

  • Anonymous

    She’s only level 68 – clearly a casual gamer. ;p But really, is this worse than having a weekly poker night with buddies or sacking out each Sunday drinking beer and watching football? Hate ads really do scrape the bottom of the barrel. On the up side, she’s totally just won the 18-35 vote.

  • Captain ZADL

    My candidate stands for all those things your candidate stands against.

  • Terence Ng

    Hopefully the stigma is lessening as gaming becomes more widespread. People, gamers and non-gamers, sometimes don’t realize that things like being crazy into things like Angry Birds, makes you a gamer. Perhaps not in the most immediate sense, but it’s a growing influence of electronic games in our culture. You also have the wider appeal of systems like Wii, the nostalgia of old-school video games, and more and more well known celebrities endorsing products, like Beyonce and Penelope Cruz for DS.

    Couple that with more hardcore gamer celebs like Mila Kunis and Aisha Tyler being matter of fact, and hopefully, we’ll see the stigma lessen.

  • Phil Jaenke

    Very simple solution to this problem:
    “What my opponent doesn’t want you to know is that they play Alliance. A Night Elf Hunter. And rolled need on No’kaled.”

  • Aaron deOliveira

    Happily donating to her campaign

  • Nicole Kiser

    1) Her opposition must be REALLY desperate if this is the worse thing they could dig up.
    2) If anyone actually thinks WoW is reason enough to disqualify them from running for any office, I shall weep.

  • John Wao

    This revelation tells me two things:

    1. Colleen is cool
    2. Her opponent is out of touch with today’s world.

    If I lived in her state I’d vote for her just so I could get a chance to play with her in WoW. How many people could claim, “Yeah I just killed a dragon with my Senator.”

  • Anonymous

    There’s enough politicking that goes on in a guild – WoW should be required if you want to run for office. “Oh, You head up a WoW guild? You’re clearly qualified.”

  • Anonymous

    She’s a lady orc rogue? Highly approve!

  • Mark Matson

    Some of the comments are old. Click on the site and you’ll see:

    “Today, Colleen/Santiaga is an orc assassination rogue playing at level 85–the highest level one can attain. She and the members of her “Wreck List Guild”—Colleen/Santiaga’s WoW online alliance—post comments to each other on liberal online forums”

  • Mark Matson

    Which reminds me of this beauty:

    “For chrissake, only 17% of Americans live in rural settings anymore. Only 2 million of those people work on farms or ranches (USDA figures). Hell, only ten percent of the average farm family’s income even comes from farming anymore (did you know that? I didn’t. Funky)…

    …There are four times as many Americans living in urban than rural areas. There are four times as many people sucking back coffee in New York city alone than make a living farming…

    Four million people in the US play World of Warcraft. And yet, do I ever hear:

    ANDERSON: We stopped by the gates of Ogrimmar in Durotar, on the east coast of Kalimdor, where one local told us Hollywood just can’t relate to the level-grinding life.

    UNIDENTIFIED ORC: They’ve never been back here, questing Razormane or Drygulch Ravine, y’know … or farming for Peacebloom and Silverleaf. They’re out of touch.

    No. No I do not.”

  • Anonymous

    Oh god too true hahaha

  • Anonymous

    what should be fun to watch is when the FOOD that those FARMERS produce, stops flowing into the URBAN areas, lets see how long you live on coffee.
    Note to self: people in rural areas have guns, lots of guns, and know how to use them.

  • J.L. Moffett

    Was she running back in 2009? How are comments from that time even relevant!?

  • JoAnna Luffman

    As a Conservative, I’m incredibly pissed with this line of attack. If you can’t win on ideas, you’ve already lost. Lose with grace and humility, and try again in 2 years. Don’t annoy a huge segment of the population insulting their pastime, even if it is WoW.

    Although that damn “teabagger” thing needs to die in a fire.

  • Sabreman

    Level 12 character assassin attempts to grief level 85 assassin character. Results not pretty.

  • oakXXIII

    this woman must have led an incredibly mundane life if the best dirt they can dig up on her is she enjoys WoW. i was scandalous at least 3 times last week alone.

  • Timothy W Dalbeck

    Actually its Blizzard’s fantasy world, wish someone would have straightened what the people who worked on this dribble.

  • Nunya Bidness

    I don’t want the teabags to die in a fire, that is extreme. I do wish they would learn a little about the country before they voted, though.

  • Abel Undercity

    It’s the Mazes and Monsters slander all over again.

    So does her “living in the real world” opponent accept today’s job numbers? I wonder.

  • Julie Perkins

    I wonder if she’s the same person that plays an avatar in Second Life (SL) that is supposedly running for the Senate… in SL this avatar runs a very real business and is making very real usd. She’s known for her rudeness and the absolute worst customer service attitude.

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    ‘…and love to dance naked on mailboxes in Stormwind. For TIPS. And he gets them because he rolled a FEMALE night elf. And she’s kinda hot…’

  • Se’kar

    my personal favorite “we need you to dickpunch Arthas!”