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World of Warcraft playing Maine Democrat slammed by GOP

Colleen Lachowicz is an enthusiastic World of Warcraft player. She has a level 85 orc rogue, and regularly talks with her guildmates about talent builds and loot. She's also a Democratic candidate for Maine's State Senate, and her time spent in Azeroth is a big problem to the Maine Republican Party.

The Maine GOP has targeted Lachowicz's WoW play in an attack website, which compiles various statements she has made speaking casually about the game in online groups. "In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world," the site's header reads.

Some of the quotes the site calls out include: "So I'm a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things...a lot... Who would have thought that a peace-lovin', social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!" and "I can kill stuff without going to jail. There are some days when this is more necessary than others."

Lachowicz told NBC News she found it strange her opponents would focus on her gaming habits rather than their own service record and platform.

"I think it's weird that I'm being targeted for playing online games," she said. "Apparently I'm in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games."

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19 comments

  • ultimatepunchrod - October 4, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    Come on GDar I come here to avoid political discussion, BUT I think it's ridiculous that something she does in her leisure time is being targeted by anyone as a negative. Why don't they just criticize anyone for doing anything outside of work (that doesn't affect their performance), since it's obviously their business? Right? Right?
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 4, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Oh great. I can be first on this story but not on the one where I can win a watch? Dang.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - October 4, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Stupid Republicans...
  • TheCakeIsaPie - October 5, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Thank you for that clear and edifying post. I feel as if my life has been irrevocably changed after reading your biting yet revelatory comment.
  • zombi3grim - October 4, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Something you all have to understand. Politics is a dirty game. And your opponents will find anything and everything to attack you with. Because like it or not, what you do in personal time says something about your character and your character defines alot of what you believe in which defines what policys you support. I think its a VERY bad idea to get into politics and activly try to lead a gaming life with something as large and time consuming as WoW. When your in politics, you have hardly any time to yourself. So if she actually DID get the job she was running for, you can say bye bye to WoW. Question is, would she be okay with that or would she still try to cram gaming into her busy schedule?
  • BladedFalcon - October 4, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    Well, i do get that. Though part of the reason I hate politics and politicians in general, it's because it precisely is a dirty game and in order to win they will do anything in their power to get it. I'm not naive, I know it's how it works, but it doesn't change the fact that it's rather disgusting, and that ultimately, politicians end up forgetting about what they SHOULD be doing, and instead waste their time complaining about inane shit like this. I mean, yes, if that woman's play time with WoW actually takes a lot of time and interferes with the quality of her work, then yes,it's bad and irresponsible. But that's not even what the GOP is focusing on, they're focusing and attacking what she does or says in the game, and not really whether or not it affects her actual job. Basically, what irks me is that they aren't really attacking her actions as a politician, or even her ability to actually do their job, they are simply bringing attention to a part of her personal life that might be controversial to sway opinion on her, but at the end of the day, it's actually entirely irrelevant to her job. If she actually does her job right, who cares what she spends her time into? Of course, if she actually doesn't do her job right, whether it's because she spends too much time in Wow like you suggest, or because anything else. Then she does deserve to get slammed and not elected, but because she DOESN'T do her job right, not because she plays games or says obscenities in her private life.
  • BladedFalcon - October 4, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    Huh... i just realized that you didn't actually replied to my first comment, the immediacy of both comments made me think you had. Sorry about that ^^; Not really trying to start an argument or debate here, so feel free to ignore if you want.
  • zombi3grim - October 5, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    Actually though, what she does in her free time says something about her character. Politics is all bout how you believe in certain issues. Its all about what policies you'll push foward and what bills you will sign. How you act and what you say, be it online in a game or to a friend in a supermarket, it says something about your character and how you act. WoW is NOT the place for someone who wants to be in the public spotlight nor is it for someone who will have power to put things into law and move up in office. Did you click the link and look at the site the GOP put up about her? Most of the stuff she writes, the average gamer would write. But at the same time, it has NO place in politics or her job. She even at one point wrote "I dont want to be at work. I wish I was at home grinding with WoW." No one is going to vote for you if you would rather be gaming then working for them....
  • VvSch - October 5, 2012 5:03 a.m.

    So you're saying that she has no right for a private life? It's a job, like any other. She can spend her free time as she sees fit, no matter how little or much she has of it.
  • zombi3grim - October 5, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    Lmao. No, politics is not a job like any other. You are literally pushing policy into law. You are an elected official. You have power. You are in the public eye ALOT more then a celebrity and your free time and private life goes bye bye. So your right. You want to get into politics, you have no right for a private life. Because when you weild that kind of power, I wanna make sure your not some closeted coo coo who would rather drown her boss (something she actually said. go read it on that site) then vote on bills and put policy into action.
  • BladedFalcon - October 4, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    Ah, yet another reminder of why I can't take politics seriously. Like i didn't have enough of those already >_>
  • profile0000 - October 4, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    Damnit, I hate election season. Even GR isn't safe from American politics.
  • Octaviux - October 4, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    She looks like a female orc
  • ShadowGryphon - October 5, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    So, is there a plan to provide equal coverage to Dems who do the same thing to republicans? Or are you just going to let that lefy bias hammer continue to swing?
  • BladedFalcon - October 5, 2012 8 a.m.

    If there's such a story which is also GAMING related, I'm pretty sure they would have no qualms posting it up. What's exactly the bias here? only reason the story is posted in this site, is because it has something to with with games. Same way they only post stuff related to laws and policies that affect games. Or you just gonna be butt-hurt any time someone posts something you don't like?
  • angelusdlion - October 5, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Hello, you must be new to Games Radar. Butthurt comments are pretty much mandatory around here.
  • crazyer - October 5, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    if i lived in maine let alone america, i would most likely vote for her, and im just gonna say this as a canadian i dont get why the 2 political partys in america are always fighting so much, like there is a little bit of fighting in canada but they never dive into personal lives like this.
  • Ausoi - October 5, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Gotta say I didn't think GR was biased toward one side or the other, you learn something new everyday... Hell if you are gonna post this shit up at least do the news justice and provide some relevant specifics about the case. You make the person out to be a saint, until you actually visit the site and read some of the crap she posts about.

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